The wait is over! Kevin Love’s return to Minnesota has come.
Love has built quite a career in his six years with the Timberwolves, averaging 19.2 points, 12.2 rebounds, and 2.5 assists per game. Through all his struggles on court and injuries this season with the Cavs, Love is still hovering around his career averages as he tries to help his new team make a playoff run.
From the patented full-court outlet passes to the incredible touch beyond the arc, here’s a look back at Kevin Love’s Top 10 Plays in his six years as a member of the Minnesota Timberwolves. We start with number 10 on the next page:
10. Kevin Love to Kevin Martin
Love grabs a rebound and sends the pass flying out to the fast-breaking Martin for the reverse finish at the rim.
9. All Star Love
Love zips a pass to Blake Griffin for the dunk during the All Star Game in New Orleans.
8. Love Feelin’ Lucky?
With the shot clock dwindling down in a close game, Love controls the ball and turns while shooting an off-balance fade-away in an attempt to beat the shot clock and the Kings.
7. No-Look Pass to Martin
In an exhibition game against the Russian team CSKA Moscow, Love takes a pass from Rubio, but doesn’t keep it for long, dishing to the cutting Kevin Martin for the layup.
6. Gotta Love the Outlet Pass
Kevin Love rebounds a miss and throws an incredible outlet pass to Michael Beaasley for the lay in.
5. Kevin Love Brings the Circus to New York
Kevin Love faces up on Carmelo Anthony, stumbles upon driving, and hits an off-balance leaner that even gets avid Knicks fan Spike Lee on his feet.
4. Kevin Love Dunks on Vince Carter
3. Love Goes for a Pair of 31’s
On November 12, 2010, Kevin Love scored 31 points and pulled down 31 rebounds in a home victory over the New York Knicks. It was the first time the NBA had seen a player go for 30 points and 30 rebounds since Moses Malone did it for the Houston Rockets in the 1981-82 season, finishing with 28 points and 32 rebounds. Here are the highlights from Love’s big game:
2. Love Goes Head-to-Head With Thunder
In a spectacular back-and-forth game, Kevin Love leads his team against Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, and the Oklahoma City Thunder. He went off for a career high 51 points while knocking down seven three-pointers, including a game tying triple at the end of the game. Here are the highlights from Love’s career night as well as the big shot at the end of regulation:
1. Kevin Love Shocks Clippers at the Buzzer
With the game knotted at 98 apiece on the road, Kevin Love simply didn’t feel like overtime.