Like this burning pile of garbage needs more fuel — here’s NBA.com’s Jeff Caplan with a piece that will speak to Kevin Love’s heart: individual accolades could be foregone should the Wolves record sway the coaches who select NBA All-Star reserves.
As if a guy needed more of a reason to flee for Los Angeles.
There will be quality snubs.
Love’s statistical credentials are spotless: 25.6 ppg (fourth in the league), 13.0 rpg (second), 4.0 apg (tied for first among power forwards) and 39.0 percent shooting from beyond the arc (10th overall) in 36.2 mpg. His presence, at least offensively, is essential: Minnesota’s offensive rating (points per 100 possessions) soars to 109.3 with him on the floor; without him it plummets to 93.0.
Love’s team, however, the thought-to-be playoff-ready Timberwolves, is a disheartening and seemingly unraveling group. At 18-20 they sit 11th in the West, four games out of the final playoff spot behind Nowitzki’s Mavericks. After a recent debacle of a home loss to Phoenix, Love publicly called out a pair of sulking teammates, a move that has been met with both praise and criticism.
The piling on will continue until the Wolves figure out how to win.