Wolves’ woes overshadow Love’s career night

I guess you could say the following post represent a glass half-full look at the Minnesota Timberwolves.

But first, the bad: The Wolves lost their 16th straight game on Sunday, losing to the Phoenix Suns 105-101.

But now, the good: Kevin Love had a ridiculous night.

I’ll admit that I had no idea until his stats were announced while he delivered "Let’s Play Hockey" at the Minnesota Wild game on Monday. During that loss to Phoenix, Love had 23 points and 22 rebounds.

And for a team that’s been flat-out terrible this year, he’s the second Timberwolves player this season to go 20-20. Al Jefferson pulled off the feat earlier this year.

I know there’s still a lot of Wolves fans out there – unfortunately, there’s not as many Wolves fans as there used to be – that wish they hadn’t traded O.J. Mayo to Memphis on draft day a couple years ago for Love. And I get the argument. The Wolves could definitely use a scoring guard at this point.

But there’s no denying how good Love has been. Averaging just 28 minutes per game, Love is averaging a double-double with 14.5 points and 10.9 rebounds per game. That’s no easy task on a team that’s best player plays the same position as him. There’s only about nine players in the NBA right now averaging double figures in points and rebounds, so he’s in some exclusive company (though it’s worth noting his games played fall just short of qualifying for the league leaderboard in either category).

Nats add Coste, while Weber is still in camp

A logjam at catcher will prevent Chris Coste from making the New York Mets’ Opening Day roster.

Coste – a Fargo native who played at Concordia College and for the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks – was among the cuts from Mets camp Monday.

ESPNNewYork.com’s Adam Rubin says that if Coste clears waivers, he’ll likely accept an assignment to Triple-A.

UPDATE: The Washington Nationals claimed Coste off waivers later Monday.

I am not a Nats expert by any means, but it looks like Coste could back up Ivan Rodriguez on Opening Day. Washington’s other catcher, Jesus Flores, will likely open the season the disabled list.

The Nats also have Wil Nieves in camp, but he’s struggled mightily at the plate. Nieves’ Yahoo page says he’ll back up Rodriguez, but that could be changing now that Coste is in the fold. Or maybe they both stick with the big club.

Meanwhile, another former RedHawks player is still hanging around in New York Yankees camp.

Jon Weber, an outfielder whose been a career minor leaguer, has hit the cover off the ball in spring training, batting .583 (14-for-24).

He’s catching a lot of of people’s attention, including those in the media. Bill Madden of the New York Daily News believes Weber should get a chance with the big club to open the season.

What an experience that would be, getting his name announced on Opening Day with the likes of Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez and the rest of the world champs?

One guy who is encouraging Yankees manager Joe Girardi to include Weber on the 25-man roster if Don Zimmer, who watched Weber play a lot in the Tampa Bay Rays’ system last year.

It’s hard not to root for these 32-year-old journeymen to finally get a chance in the bigs. Good luck to Weber.