On Monday, Minnesota Timberwolves’ power forward Kevin Love was named the Western Conference’s Player of the Week.
Here is the official word from the Minnesota Timberwolves:
Love has played a pivotal role for the Wolves as they improved to 3-0 for the second time in club history (2001-02), one of just four undefeated teams in the league. In the season opener on Wednesday, Love erupted for 31 points and 17 rebounds, including draining a game-tying three-pointer with 10.1 seconds left to force overtime.
Two days later Love was at it again, finishing with 24 points on 7-for-12 shooting and grabbing 12 rebounds before sitting out the fourth quarter of Minnesota’s 100-81 rout of Oklahoma City. He finished his week with a 34-point, 15-rebound performance in New York, his fourth straight 30+ point/15+ rebound performance against the Knicks and 20th of his career as the Wolves closed out a 109-100 win over New York.
With the performance, Love joined Shaquille O’Neal as just the second player since 1985-86 to record four straight 30/15 games against one opponent.
The Timberwolves are 27-29, currently 10th in the Western Conference. They are 6.5 games behind the Dallas Mavericks and Phoenix Suns for the Western Conference’s final playoff spot.
Love is averaging 26.5 points, 13.2 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game. He’s shooting 46.4% from the field, 37.8% from three-point range and 82.5% from the free throw line.