Kevin Love Is A Man Among Boys

Kevin Love
Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love defends Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant on Tuesday in Los Angeles. Associated Press photo

The Minnesota Timberwolves suffered just their latest disappointment on Tuesday night, dropping a 99-94 decision to the Los Angeles Lakers.

Somehow, the Wolves (1-7) managed to stay in that game despite 27 turnovers. That’s just three shy of the franchise record. Michael Beasley committed five. Sebastian Telfair – can anyone tell me how he ended up back with this team? – committed four.

But what can’t be overlooked is the huge game that Kevin Love had. The third-year power forward – who earlier in this season appeared to have fallen out of favor with head coach Kurt Rambis – produced one of his best games as a pro, scoring 23 points and grabbing 24 rebounds.

This guy is good. I’m left thinking he’s the one guy on this team I could see playing for a perennial playoff contender. If only that were the case for him though.

Instead, he’s left owning the glass on a team that doesn’t look like it’s improved at all from a year ago. They are young though. Very young.

But enough bad words have been written about the Wolves. Thought it should be pointed out that a player through eight games is averaging 18 points and 13 rebounds per game.