Kevin Love showed the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday night what he has demonstrated to the rest of the NBA for most of the season: when he’s healthy, there’s hardly anyone else who plays the game better. Love’s Minnesota Timberwolves would win plenty of games if he got just a little bit of support from his teammates. In many respects, he’s been a one-man show.
A broken hand limited his time last season. In the 121-94 thumping the Timberwolves gave to Detroit, Love was on the court for 30 minutes and shot 6-of-15 from the floor, 4-of-6 in 3-pointers and 10-of-10 from the free throw line for 26 points. It’s hard for any player to play more of a complete game than Love, but he definitely got the job done.
He’s played in 19 games this season for Minnesota and is averaging 35.8 minutes, 23.7 points, 13.6 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game. His shooting percentages are higher this season than his career marks.
It just shows how dangerous of a player a healthy Love can be. He isn’t necessarily as consistent as he needs to be, especially with his shooting from the floor. That said, the Timberwolves can usually expect to get a fair share of production from him. Earlier this month in a loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder, he had an off night, hitting 4-of-14 from the floor but still wound up with 16 points and 12 rebounds. He can almost always be counted upon to deliver a double-double.
Unfortunately, he’s playing on a team that is unlikely to make the playoffs. It would be special for fans to see Love in the postseason, but it probably won’t happen this season.