Kevin Love played at UCLA, and is often rumored to be looking at the Los Angeles Lakers as a realistic spot to land via free agency in 2015.
And he (along with the rest of the Timberwovles) is putting on a show at Staples Center tonight. Love canned three three-pointers by the midway point in the first quarter, and put up 12 points and 6 rebounds in the first seven-plus minutes of the game. He finished the first frame with a gaudy line of 18 points, 8 rebounds, and 1 assist. That’s a game for most folks.
And oh by the way, the Wolves lead the Lakers 47-23 after putting up the most points in a quarter in Minnesota history. Shooting guard Kevin Martin continued his hot shooting, starting the game 7 for 8 from the floor and dropping 16 points on the Lakers from a variety of spots on the floor.
Love also dazzled with an array of full-court outlet passes to Corey Brewer, dropping the ball in like an NFL quarterback. The first six-plus games of the season for the Wolves have been historical for Love across the board, as his assist numbers have now crept up to five per game. Kevin Garnett made 20-10-5 games fashionable for years in Minnesota, and Love is bringing back memories of those days, albeit with a slightly different style/demeanor.
If it wasn’t clear that Love was the best power forward in the game already, well, he is. And there really isn’t any questions about it.