That is the challenge the Wolves have faced all season, one they must address going into summer and toward a new season next fall. Next season very well could be Love’s last in Minnesota if the team doesn’t fit more productive players around him, either by developing those players they already have or finding better ones through the draft, trades or free-agent signings.
“This year especially, we’ve been inconsistent with that,” Adelman said, referring to putting enough help around his team’s star. “Some of it is Pek [center Nikola Pekovic] being out. I’ll take his 43 points tonight, though, and see if we can’t get somebody else involved. It’s consistency. We just haven’t been consistent.”
Love will play for the United States this summer at the FIBA World Cup in Spain, two years after he played for his country in the London Olympics. The last time, Love remarked how he looked around and saw teammates everywhere who routinely make the playoffs while he hadn’t yet been there.
Two years later and nothing has changed in that regard.
“It’s hard when you don’t get support for him,” Adelman said. “When you get support for him, he’s a much different player because he’s willing to find people. But when you’re not making baskets, when you’re missing everything, it becomes tough.”
That 0-5 record when Love scores 43 points or more might indeed be a real weird stat, but Adelman said it’s a case of Love having to do too much rather than trying to do too much.
“You get down to the end of the game, it’s my job to get a basket and I’m probably going to go to him,” Adelman said. “He’s going to have opportunities, especially in the fourth quarter.”