Love moves on quickly minus weight of streak

  • Article by: JERRY ZGODA , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 15, 2011 - 1:35 AM

On the day after, Timberwolves forward Kevin Love smiled and told everybody not to weep for him.

Wolves forward Kevin Love

Photo: Ben Margot, Associated Press

CameraStar Tribune photo galleries

Cameraview larger

SAN FRANCISCO - On the day after, Timberwolves forward Kevin Love smiled and told everybody not to weep for him.

"With the way people were texting me last night, you would have thought a family member died," he said after practice on Monday. "They were like, 'So sorry, if you need to talk to anybody...' I was like, what are they talking about? I feel great. I'm in great spirits."

Love's 53-game double-double streak -- the league's longest since the 1976 ABA/NBA merger -- ended Sunday night at Golden State with a six-point, 12-rebound game. That was his first game without double-digit numbers in both categories since Nov. 19.

"That's a long time ago," he said. "It's going to be interesting to see whether in five, 10, 20 years from now, anybody will contend with that or not. We'll see."

That's not the only question posed by the end of a streak that surpassed Moses Malone's 51-game streak but didn't nearly approach Wilt Chamberlain's 227 consecutive games.

How 'bout this one: What's ESPN going to do now?

Answer: Good thing it's NCAA tournament week.

"I'm always watching 'SportsCenter' and it always seemed to be there win or lose," Love said. "I wouldn't say it was a burden, but it's a weight off my shoulders for it to be done. In some ways, I wish it was still going on. But all good things must end. I'm not too worried about it."

Golden State's David Lee limited Love to two offensive rebounds and six field-goal attempts. He made only one of those six. Coach Kurt Rambis removed Love with four minutes left and the Wolves trailing by 22 points on their way to a season-low 77 points in what Rambis called a "team collapse."

"It had gotten to the point in the ballgame where it just wasn't worth it," Rambis said. "Why fabricate trying to keep it going? Every other single game he got them in, he earned it. It wasn't given to him in any way, shape or form. So many games he was putting up just incredible numbers in both categories. It just didn't make any sense to continue it in a false way."

Love said he understood Rambis' decision.

Teammate Michael Beasley said Love's streak never became too much about an individual in a team sport.

"I would say that if we were in the playoffs," Beasley said. "But when you got 17 wins, you got to talk about something to get your mind off the losses. It was great. I think everybody knows that it was great. Some guys haven't gotten 10 double-doubles in their career and he went out and did night after night for 53 games.

"I feel like he's going to shatter that [53-game streak] next year. I feel like next year he can go the whole season with double-doubles."

That next streak starts with just one step.

"I'll start on Wednesday," Love said, referring to a game at Utah.

Ridnour absent

Starting point guard Luke Ridnour missed practice Monday so he could return home to be with his wife and two newborn daughters. He is expected to rejoin the team in time for Wednesday's game in Salt Lake City.

Suit involves ref, reporter

NBA referee William Spooner filed suit Monday seeking more the $75,000 in damages from the Associated Press and AP sports writer Jon Krawczynski, citing defamation resulting from a Jan. 24 statement published on

Krawczynski's tweet, according to the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, mischaracterized a conversation between Rambis and Spooner during a game between the Wolves and Houston at Target Center. The suit claims Spooner asked the AP to retract the "publication" of the tweet, but that the organization has not responded to that request.

"We believe all of the facts we reported from the game in question were accurate," AP associate general counsel Dave Tomlin said.

The Star Tribune's Mark Wollemann contributed to this report.

  • related content

  • 'Global' stadium plan falls flat

    Tuesday March 15, 2011

    A key legislator called the Timberwolves' proposal for a regional sports authority that would issue bonds for multiple new stadiums "overcomplicated."


    Up next: 8 p.m. Wednesday at Utah • TV: FSN (830-AM)

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions


Houston 2 FINAL
St. Louis 5
Washington 9 FINAL
Atlanta 8
Miami 5 FINAL
Boston 3
Minnesota 1 FINAL
Tampa Bay 2
NY Yankees 4 FINAL
Philadelphia 1
Baltimore 4 FINAL
Toronto 5
Detroit - LP: J. Mantiply 4 FINAL
NY Mets - WP: C. Torres 5
Cincinnati 5 FINAL
Chicago Cubs 2
Los Angeles 10 FINAL
Milwaukee 1
San Francisco 12 FINAL
Texas 3
Chicago WSox 0 FINAL
San Diego 5
Kansas City 11 FINAL
Cleveland 9
Seattle 4 FINAL
Los Angeles 7
Colorado 0 FINAL
LA Angels 3
Oakland 7 FINAL
Arizona 2
Pittsburgh 3 Bottom 8th Inning
NY Yankees 0
Chicago 84 FINAL
Indiana 98
Sacramento 114 4th Qtr 0:03
Orlando 117
Utah 89 4th Qtr 0:30
Philadelphia 80
Miami 97 FINAL
Washington 99
Toronto 94 FINAL
Charlotte 103
Cleveland 81 4th Qtr 9:50
Atlanta 86
Boston 68 3rd Qtr 1:40
New Orleans 62
Detroit 60 3rd Qtr 5:48
Houston 67
LA Lakers 66 3rd Qtr 1:46
Memphis 65
Phoenix 56 3rd Qtr 8:38
Brooklyn 51
Denver 55 2nd Qtr 0:54
San Antonio 60
Dallas 9:30 PM
Golden State
Columbus 3 FINAL
New Jersey 2
Minnesota 3 FINAL
Carolina 1
Buffalo 2 3rd Prd 16:05
Ottawa 3
Calgary 4 3rd Prd 14:44
Detroit 2
Edmonton 1 2nd Prd 18:33
Chicago 0
Pittsburgh 9:00 PM
Longwood 68 FINAL
Char Southern 60
Ark-Pine Bluff 94 FINAL
Miss Valley St 75
Southern Ill 45 FINAL
Wichita State 56
Winthrop 67 FINAL
Radford 66
Evansville 67 FINAL
Illinois State 71
Towson 69 FINAL
Elon 74
Gardner-Webb 72 FINAL
High Point 71
Samford 76 FINAL
UNC Greensboro 81
Northern Ill 70 1st OT 0:11
Ball State 64
Bowling Green 75 FINAL
Buffalo 77
Brown 69 FINAL
Dartmouth 75
Toledo 59 FINAL
Eastern Mich 85
Akron 77 FINAL
Kent State 79
Ill-Chicago 72 FINAL
Oakland 69
Miami-Ohio 65 FINAL
Ohio 95
Columbia 46 FINAL
Penn 54
Cornell 53 FINAL
Princeton 66
Central Mich 62 FINAL
Western Mich 74
Bradley 46 FINAL
Northern Iowa 71
Morehead State 75 2nd Half 1:44
Murray State 75
Yale 40 2nd Half 7:53
Harvard 33
Furman 38 2nd Half
Citadel 27
Coll of Charleston 23 1st Half 0:04
Drexel 29
UNC-Asheville 26 1st Half 2:02
Coastal Carolina 27
Texas Tech 26 1st Half 6:18
Baylor 24
Pacific 21 1st Half 4:24
San Francisco 17
Detroit 8:30 PM
Cleveland State
Loyola-Chicago 8:35 PM
Indiana State
Belmont 9:00 PM
Eastern Ky
Loyola Marymount 10:30 PM
Santa Clara
Chicago 9:00 PM
Los Angeles
Saint Louis 63 FINAL
(21) George Washington 77
Wake Forest 68 FINAL
(16) Duke 77
Furman 55 FINAL
(17) Chattanooga 68
Monmouth 61 FINAL
Quinnipiac 82
Michigan State 60 FINAL
(4) Maryland 70
Belmont 65 FINAL
UT Martin 71
Arkansas 36 FINAL
(3) South Carolina 58
Mercer 56 FINAL
East Tenn St 66
Richmond 45 FINAL
Fordham 46
Miami-Florida 61 FINAL
(2) Notre Dame 77
Siena 61 FINAL
Iona 71
Washington St 48 FINAL
(9) Arizona State 67
Ark-Pine Bluff 63 FINAL
Miss Valley St 51
(23) Rutgers 57 FINAL
(24) Northwestern 62
Tennessee St 71 FINAL
SIU-Edwardsville 59
Loyola Marymount 50 FINAL
Gonzaga 70
(18) Texas A&M 65 FINAL
LSU 71
Cincinnati 76 FINAL
UCF 66
Saint Josephs 61 FINAL
Dayton 80
(19) Stanford 67
Santa Clara 42 FINAL
San Diego 51
Virginia Tech 43 FINAL
(7) Florida State 82
Memphis 71
Lehigh 75 FINAL
Holy Cross 62
Rhode Island 53 FINAL
Duquesne 66
North Florida 35 FINAL
(20) Fla Gulf Coast 74
Kennesaw St 54 FINAL
Jacksonville 55
USC Upstate 45 FINAL
Northern Ky 64
Lipscomb 69 FINAL
Stetson 92
Nebraska 65 FINAL
(14) Iowa 74
Saint Peters 57 FINAL
Marist 62
Navy 60 FINAL
Bucknell 49
Lafayette 56 FINAL
American Univ 79
Colgate 45 FINAL
Army 48
Georgia 41 FINAL
(5) Tennessee 75
Dartmouth 71 FINAL
Brown 53
Penn 50 FINAL
Columbia 34
(13) Princeton 70 FINAL
Cornell 37
Kansas 49 FINAL
Kansas State 57
Harvard 68 FINAL
Yale 63
(15) North Carolina 37 2nd Half 15:32
(10) Louisville 32
San Jose St 80 2nd Half 7:27
Houston 10 2nd Half
Tulane 30
Utah State 28 1st Half 7:18
Colorado State 24
Colorado 25 1st Half 8:03
(8) Oregon State 19
New Mexico 24 1st Half 5:21
Wyoming 15
Minnesota 2 1st Half 19:01
Ohio State 2
(12) Kentucky 9 1st Half 14:52
(11) Miss State 15
San Diego State 8:30 PM
Niagara 8:30 PM
Texas Tech 0 1st Half 20:00
West Virginia 0
Boise State 9:00 PM
Fresno State
Washington 10:30 PM
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters





question of the day

Poll: Who is doing the best job coaching a Minnesota pro sports team?

Weekly Question