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Monday, December 23rd, 2013 at 10:30 am  |  17 responses

Kevin Love Gives the LA Clippers 45 Points and 19 Rebounds (VIDEO)

The Clippers survived a monster Kevin Love performance on Sunday, prevailing 120-116 in overtime. Love light it up for the T’Wolves — putting up a ridiculous statline of 45 points, 19 rebounds and 6 assists.

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  • spit hot fiyah

    Great numbers in a loss. Hello microcosm

  • http://RAPTORS.COM/ BRAVO

    Yeah Mr. Love went off last night.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    (3) total offensive rebounds from Kevin Love. His rebound total would have been a lot more impressive had they been rebounds that made a difference. He’s a great offensive player, but geez the guy needs to find a way to alter something about what the other team is doing. If that makes sense.

  • Ben Ireland

    How do you mean? As in defensively, or offensive boarding? I think I get what you mean, but he’s averaging nearly 4 per game, is anyone else even close to that? I don’t really understand why this Minnesota team isn’t winning more… Not world beaters or anything, but their record is only 13-15, they should at least be a playoff team on talent alone.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Kevin Love is outside the top 20 in offensive rebound rate….and he has less offensive rebounds both total, and per game, then his teammate Nikola Pekovic.

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    ” I don’t really understand why this Minnesota team isn’t winning more… Not world beaters or anything, but their record is only 13-15, they should at least be a playoff team on talent alone.”

    - this is kind of my point. Love is great, but he isn’t doing what a superstar with those types of numbers normally does. He’s not the catalyst that ensures his team wins more often than it doesn’t.

  • Tavoris Sinclair

    DeAndre Jordan, Andre Drummond, and Robin Lopez average more offensive rebounds than Love does.Tristan Thompson equals him, and Dwight Howard is a hair behind him. Love is a brilliant offensive player, but it hasn’t translated to wins yet in his career. He probably needs to focus on D a little more for that to happen.

  • Dfrance

    Being a KG stan it bothers me that, provided he stays in Minny, he’ll shatter all of KG records with these empty stats. lol

  • LakeShow

    Awesome.

    Someone puts up 45-20, and you wanna complain.

    Incredible…

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    hahaha, KG spent how many years outside of the playoffs in Minnesota? 4? – so if Love can just string winning seasons together starting immediately, those stats won’t look so empty.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    right, i should only point out my observations when it’s convenient to the performance that took place! if you have awesome stats, there is nothing you should worry about improving on. Your stats were awesome!

  • LakeShow

    If only 2006 you could read this.

    Back when you thought LeBron was better than Kobe because of his pretty stats lol..

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i didn’t think that in 2006. You didn’t even comment here in 2006.

  • Ben Ireland

    I understand, but what else can he do? I mean, he’s doing absolutely everything he can in my eyes. I don’t think he can become a defensive monster overnight, and I don’t see him ever doing so, he’s just not built for it. And offensively, I think the reason he doesn’t get more boards is BECAUSE Pek does. What rank are the Wolves in ORB overall? (Not making a point, genuinely curious, but dno how to find out haha)
    To me, he’s doing everything he can, and to the naked eye, he has teamates that are good enough. But as you say, it’s not translating. What would he do to alter what the opposition is doing though, as you say? Cos he’s not becoming a DPOY anytime soon, but he’s no matador either.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    They are 2nd in offensive rebounds (total) and 4th in Offensive Rebound % ….. (Pekovic individually is 10th in O-Reb %, Love is somewhere outside the top 20)

    11th in defensive rebounds (total) and 14th in defensive rebound % as a team. — Love is 2nd in defensive rebound % … to Kevin Garnett (surprisingly), which i think shows just how meaningless defensive rebounds are for individuals. Defensive Rebounding (from my perspective) is more of a team stat. The better defense you play, the more defensive rebounds your team will get in total, and in terms of %. Which is why Minnesota can feature a guy like Kevin Love, while also falling middle of the road in defensive rebound %. The team defense takes a back seat to the individual rebounding numbers.

    To me, Love is doing a ton. But there is always more he could be doing. Or he could trade out some of what he’s doing (focusing on grabbing every single missed shot) for other things, like altering other players shots at the rim. Just for example.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    here is a better explanation of what i’m trying to say, let me know if this makes it more clear or not,

    “i think my issue with Kevin Love’s impact on games is that he doesn’t really do anything that takes another team out of their comfort zone

    i mean, he scores a bunch, in a way that qualifies. But he isn’t grabbing an inordinate number of offensive rebounds or making much of an

    impact defensively, other than grabbing all those rebounds. Which in itself, is good in a box score, but doesn’t necessarily change much

    the job of a defense is to rebound regardless of who the individual is that grabs it. Kevin Love having 15 defensive rebounds doesn’t change

    the course of a game. I would wager Nikola Pekovic’s 8 offensive rebounds last night had a bigger impact than Love’s 19 total rebounds.

    let me preface this before it gets out of hand. I am not calling Kevin Love bad, he’s still a top 3 (2, maybe 1) Power Forward….

    I am just trying to express what I think it is, that is keeping him from pushing his team to wins consistently.”

  • Ben Ireland

    Ah, I get it. So you think that at times, he’s focused more on the rebound than the D itself, put (very) simply. That makes sense, it’s an actual way of putting what we generally call a lack of chemistry on other teams. I guess I’d agree, but Love just doesn’t have those killer defensive instincts. I’m always stunned by how many rebounds he gets normally, and I honestly don’t think he can work that much harder. I think he might need to be paired with a rim-protecting big, or else he’s a second best player on a championship team. Hard to tell, it is still pretty early in his career, and the man’s outperformed expectations to say the least.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Definitely, I agree 100%

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