Fortunately Love is healthy now, otherwise this team would be in real trouble.
Love continues to put up numbers that haven’t been seen in the NBA for some time. He scored 29 points, grabbed 15 rebounds and had nine assists Wednesday, hitting four three-pointers. Those are single-game totals reached by the same NBA player only two other times since 1985-86, by Larry Bird and Vince Carter.
It was also Love’s sixth game this year with at least 25 points, 15 rebounds and five assists. That stat line is so rare that it has only happened once in the rest of the NBA this season.
On Wednesday, Love, after hitting for 17 points in the first half, didn’t score in the third quarter until 3:14 was left, scoring at a time the Wolves’ 26-point halftime lead was cut to 10. That small drought was just another example how important Love is to this team offensively.
Former Wolves player and executive Fred Hoiberg is off to a great start with Iowa State this year. The Cyclones are 8-0 and ranked No. 17.
He recently spoke with Fox Sports Southwest about how his former Wolves coaches Kevin McHale and Flip Saunders helped him become the great coach he is today.
“I was very fortunate to move right into a front-office position with the Minnesota Timberwolves where I learned a lot, especially about coaching,” Hoiberg said. “I was able to spend a lot of time 1-on-1 with Kevin McHale, who I think is as bright a basketball mind as anybody in the game. I was able to talk to people that I was close to who were great coaches. Flip Saunders was one of those guys. I use a lot of his offensive sets. Just going around and watching practices and taking notes on what I liked and what I didn’t like.”
• The Vikings will finish the season at home against the Lions, and that game will be on television like all other home games have been for more than a decade. On the other hand, it has to be somewhat surprising that the Cincinnati Bengals, who can clinch a playoff spot with a victory, are needing a time extension to sell out Sunday’s game against the Vikings. As of Thursday they needed to sell 3,500 tickets by 4 p.m. Friday to avoid a TV blackout.
• The Gophers men’s basketball team plays Nebraska-Omaha on Friday night and the Mavericks lineup will feature some familiar names to state hoops fans. Mike Rostampour played at Henry Sibley and St. Cloud State and the 6-8 forward is averaging 8.5 points and 5.8 rebounds per game. Marcus Tyus is a sophomore who played at Anoka and is averaging 9.9 points per game. Simon Krych played at St. Cloud Apollo and has been coming off the bench. Then there is Jake White, the former Chaska standout who started his college career at Wichita State and is sitting out this year because of transfer rules.
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