Wolves forward Kevin Love’s big week was rewarded by the league Monday.
Love was named the Western Conference player of the week -- the first such honor of his career -- for games played from opening day through Sunday.
He deserved it. After three games – all Wolves victories – Love leads the NBA in scoring (29.7 ppg) and is second in rebounds (14.7 rpg), free throws made (31) and free throws attempted (39). He has had a double-double in each of his games, increasing his total to 121 in his last 135 games.
Love had 31 points and 17 boards in a season-opening victory over Orlando, including a three-pointer with 10.1 seconds left that forced overtime. He had 24 points and 12 rebounds in a victory over Oklahoma City Friday, then had 34 points and 15 rebounds in Sunday’s victory over New York at Madison Square Garden. It was his fourth straight game of 30 or more points and 15 or more boards against the Knicks. By doing so Love joined Shaquille O’Neal as the second player since 1985-86 to record four straight 30/15 games against one opponent.
Love became the sixth different Wolves player in franchise history to win the award.
Philadelphia’s Michael Carter-Williams was named the Eastern Conference player of the week.