After a dominant first week of the NBA season, there were not-so-soft rumblings about Minnesota T-Wolves power forward Kevin Love joining the MVP discussion alongside the likes of Lebron James and Kevin Durant. On Friday night, Love followed up that strong start with another exclamation point during a dominant effort against the Dallas Mavericks.
Love scored 32 points (on 12 for 21 from the field), grabbed 15 rebounds, and dished out 8 assists to lead Minnesota to a 116-108 home win over Dallas, and if it is possible, he may have even outplayed his stat line. His rebounding mastery has been well-documented throughout his career (and this season in which he’s averaging 14.6 per game to lead the NBA), but his scoring ability has diversified, and the full arsenal was on display here.
In addition to individual numbers, the 25-year-old power forward also posted a game-high +19 while on the court for Minnesota, and the T-Wolves were simply a different (read: worse) team with him on the sidelines. It’s important to remember that this is simply one game against an overmatched opponent for Love, but it’s also yet another reminder of a player who could potentially be making “the leap” into another stratosphere.