Love Sets New Double-Double Mark
Kevin Love posted his 52nd consecutive double-double tonight, passing Moses Malone’s mark of 51 straight since the NBA/ABA merger. It certainly was a struggle, as Love played with a sore knee and labored up and down the court throughout the game.
"Before the game I was questionable and was going back and forth whether or not I was going to play because of the stiffness in my knee," said Love after the game. "I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to get up and down the floor too much with how stiff it was, but I think I made the right choice in coming out here and playing. Not only did I get that, but, more importantly, we got the win."
Many state that Love is a stat-hog, getting a majority of his statistics when the games are out of hand since the Minnesota Timberwolves are a bad team. The problem with that argument is the fact Love had a double-double in a single half in 27 of the 51 games, many of those in front of Minnesota fans who give Love a lot of love.
"They’re the same crowd that’s been backing us all year, but also the same crowd that was chanting MVP last game," said Love. "They’re funny. They’re a funny crowd. Diverse and funny. Like I said, they’ve been great all year. I’ll be their MVP any day."
There has been a lot of verbiage confusion during the streak. Love’s mark is not a NBA record, but rather the longest streak since the merger. Wilt Chamberlain had a streak of 227 consecutive double-doubles that Love knows some records are unbreakable.
"Whether you put it as, like, a modern-day or as NBA/ABA merger, but when you look at the grand scheme of things, you have to look at that 227," said Love. "Wilt the Stilt…he’s something special. It’s not like I have my eye set on that too much. I’m pretty happy in 2011 where I’m at with 52 double-doubles."
Another mark set by Love tonight was the fact he set the Timberwolves franchise record for offensive rebounds in a season. Surprisingly, the mark was held by Al Jefferson, not Kevin Garnett. Wrapped up in media members bombarding him with streak questions, Love wasn’t aware after the game of this stat.
"I was not aware of that. Oh, wow."
Simply, this streak means he is a consistent player, always giving the proper effort on a young team. That fact doesn’t diminish Love’s streak, but acknowledges the Timberwolves need for other players to follow Love’s lead. For now, he’s just glad the he passed Malone, so media members can stop talking about the streak somewhat.
"Yeah, that’s nice. Like I’ve said a couple times, sometimes I wish it would’ve ended and in some ways I would like to keep it going. Maybe it’ll die down a little bit and I can just go out there and just keep doing my job. Nothing’s really changed about how I really feel about the double-double streak. Like I said, I just go out there and play hard."
Summing up his evening, Love said, "That’s all I’m about is records."
Those who know him and watch him play regularly get the joke.