Tuesday, March 8th, 2011 at 10:00 am  |  22 responses

Kevin Love in No Mood to Celebrate Latest Milestone

Kevin Love keeps making history — the latest feat being his 51st straight double-double, tying Love with Moses Malone — but the Timberwolves‘ constant losing is making it tough to feel any joy. From the Pioneer Press: “When Love tied former Philadelphia 76ers great Moses Malone with 44 consecutive double-doubles on Feb. 23, the Wolves lost to Memphis at Target Center. Love matched Malone again in Monday night’s home game against Dallas, but the Wolves lost this one, too. ‘I would be jumping for joy and ecstatic right now if we were winning and everybody was playing great, including myself,” a dejected Love said after the Mavericks’ 108-105 victory. ‘The streak is kind of an afterthought because we didn’t win the game.’ The Wolves’ 50th loss of the season made it difficult for Love to embrace his 51st consecutive double-double, which tied Malone for the NBA’s longest double-double streak since the NBA-ABA merger in 1976. Malone put his streak together over the 1978-79 and 1979-80 seasons. Love hit a three-pointer with 7:45 left in the third quarter to extend his streak. The shot was one of four three-pointers he made against Dallas en route to a 23-point, 17-rebound performance. Though Love has mixed feelings about the streak because of the Wolves’ chronic losing, the home crowd of 13,288 didn’t seem to care that the team has the NBA’s second-worst record (15-50). Love received a standing ovation when he stepped to the free-throw line 23 seconds after securing his double-double for the night, the first stoppage in play after his memorable three-pointer. The video scoreboard flashed the message that Love’s streak had reached 51. ‘That was one of those moments where you pinch yourself to see if it’s real,’ Love said. ‘It felt great to see the crowd on their feet like that. I can’t imagine what it’s going to be like in here when we start winning and turn the corner.’”

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  • http://www.bobbieden.com RunNGun

    It’ll happen sooner rather than later, Mr. Love… in a Knicks uniform. Make it happen, Walsh.

  • http://zenguu.com Max

    How many players do u want in a knicks uniform?

  • KB8TOSG8

    lol@Max. True lol.

    What did you expect Love??? To be 8th seed? :D

  • dannyb

    Who says this guy pads his stats? That doesn’t sound like a stats-padder to me.

  • http://www.bobbieden.com RunNGun

    @MAX Not until the first unit and second unit consists of all-star caliber players. Make it happen, Walsh.

  • T-Money

    I know that Love is killing but there’s a part of me that is still reluctant to call him elite. Elite doesn’t go 15-50! K-Love has incredible stats right now but he would be, at best, the 4th best player of any contender, if that. That’s not really elite, is it?

  • Bojangles

    @T-Money I tend to agree with you that Love isn’t elite. However, I really doubt that he would be the 4th best player on a contender. I think he could potentially be the second best player on a contender, but at the very least he’d be the third best player on a legit contender.

  • ab40

    k love is a pick and pop hustle guy. he should be the third or fourth option on a good team. he can’t defend and besides his rebounding has suspect post moves. he should just get 9 rebounds tonight just to keep the record in the hands of a man that won games and isn’t a constant loser on the nba level

  • Riggs

    wow such hate. Like everybody else has said, if it was easy to “pad” his stats everyone would do it. His team loses because its the damn L-wolves.

  • rondo4mvp

    @run n gun wtf how the hell r u supposed to have a stacked first line and second line their the sh*t now how can they get any better get chris anderson and afflalo then there good for third or fourth seed

  • http://www.slamonline.com Myles Brown

    If people want to shoot off at the mouth about the Heat or Lakers, that’s understandable. But I have my doubts that anyone is watching a 14-50 basketball team enough to develop any worthwhile opinions.

  • RunNGun

    @rondo4mvp Well, simply put, with Dolan… money talks.

  • T-Money

    not saying he’s a stat padder. the rebounds are legit. i just don’t know how much his output impact and influence winning. you can’t really go to him in the 4th quarter and he doesn’t shut down his own man so… a nice complementary piece. if he’s your best player, you’re a 15-win team.

  • First & Foremost

    Exactly T-Money! Rank the top PFs in the league and tell me where Love ranks. He is better than most but not elite.

  • http://sdfklf.com Jukai

    While I agree Kevin Love is probably not elite, saying he’d be the fourth best player on a championship team is silly…

  • Yep

    well put him on the lakers.. it goes kobe, pau, toss up between bynum/love/artest. you can’t undervalue love’s awful, awful defense.

  • T-Money

    3rd at best on some teams, 4th best on most. (not even considering that all of these teams have better 4s already) here are the players i’d take before him from all contenders: lakers – kobe, pau, odom. miami – bron, wade, bosh. celtics – kg, pierce, rondo. spurs – td, manu, tp. dallas – dirk, jet. chicago – d.rose – noah – deng – maybe booze.

  • blakos

    K-Loves D would Fit well in NY…

  • Stokesey

    You would take Jason Terry before Kevin Love???

  • tbillz

    @T-Money: Love> Bosh, terry, deng, maybe odom/booze/noah

  • Justin

    RunNGun has officially taken over The Philosopher for most annoying posts

  • RunNGun

    @Justin Make it happen, Walsh.