When Kevin Love is good, the Timberwolves are not

For the 17th - count it, 17th! – time this season, Kevin Love on Friday night had at least 20 points and 15 rebounds. In fact, in the loss to Portland, he had 30 points and 19 rebounds.

When I saw the number, I wondered, “What is the Wolves record when Love goes at least 20-15?” The answer: A disappointing 3-14. When he doesn’t go 20-15, the Wolves are 6-14.

Let’s look at the 17 games of 20-15 this season:

  • Nov. 9: Lakers 99, Timberwolves 94: 23 points, 24 rebounds
  • Nov. 12: Timberwolves 112, Knicks 103: Love has his breakout night with 31 points and 31 rebounds.
  • Nov. 14: Hawks 111, Timberwolves 105: 22 points, 17 rebounds
  • Nov. 22: Thunder 117, Timberwolves 107: 24 points, 17 rebounds
  • Nov. 24: Spurs 113, Timberwolves 109: 32 points, 22 rebounds
  • Nov. 27: Warriors 104, Timberwolves 94: 21 points, 22 rebounds
  • Dec. 3: Spurs 107, Timberwolves 101: 25 points, 18 rebounds
  • Dec. 4: Timberwolves 129, Cavaliers 95: 28 points, 19 rebounds
  • Dec. 6: Knicks 121, Timberwolves 114: 33 points, 15 rebounds
  • Dec. 8: Thunder 111, Timberwolves 103: 22 points, 21 rebounds
  • Dec. 10: Timberwolves 109, Pistons 99: 27 points, 18 rebounds
  • Dec. 11: Bulls 113, Timberwolves 82: 23 points, 15 rebounds
  • Dec. 15: Suns 128, Timberwolves 122: 23 points, 16 rebounds
  • Dec. 18: Nuggets 115, Timberwolves 113: 43 points, 17 rebounds
  • Dec. 22: Jazz 112, Timberwolves 107: 25 points, 19 rebounds
  • Jan. 5: Bobcats 108, Timberwolves 105: 35 points, 15 rebounds
  • Jan. 7: Trail Blazers 108, Timberwolves 98: 30 points, 19 rebounds

2 thoughts on “When Kevin Love is good, the Timberwolves are not

  1. So long story short, the T-wolves are just not a good team. The sad thing about the NBA right now is who knows if Love is actually a good player that you can build around. I’ve said this for a long time in this league that stats are over-inflated because every team averages at least in the 80′s and one player is going to have a good chunk of them. Same for rebounding, and assists and so on.

  2. Rip City Project on the lottery: Then I wetand to put Oklahoma City in the #1 spot because my inner conspiracy theorist says if the Thunder are going to work long-term why not give them the best player and a hometown boy. But my inner conspiracy theorist then remembered that they stole the team from Seattle and David Stern might light their ping pong balls on fire to make sure they don’t come out with #1. So even though I secretly think they are going to get it, I can’t in good faith predict it.

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