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).