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Kevin Love matches Malone on double-double list

Posted on: March 7, 2011 10:03 pm
Edited on: March 7, 2011 10:30 pm
Kevin Love matches Moses Malone for the most consecutive double-doubles since the NBA-ABA merger. 
Posted by Matt Moore

Kevin Love notched his 51st straight double-double Monday night, matching Moses Malone for the most consecutive double-doubles since the NBA-ABA merger in 1976. 

The double-double is seen as the standard mark for efficient productivity, particularly in points and rebounds for big men. Having such consistency to produce 10 or more in two areas of production means you're not just a scorer, or just a rebounder, but a package that provides for contributions in more than one area. Having a double-double in one game is a good night's work. To average it is a remarkably impressive season. Love? 

Kevin Love is averaging 21 points and 16 rebounds, leads the league in rebounding, and just passed the great Moses Malone for most consecutive double-doubles since the merger. 

The next player for Love to pass is Elvin Hayes, who had 55 straight double-doubles in 1973-1974. 

Imagine if Love was on a team that was in any way relevant, even a team pushing for a playoff spot. How good would he be considered? Love has a lot to establish in terms of defense and versatility, but to have this kind of production so early in his career is simply incredible. 

Since: Nov 17, 2006
Posted on: March 8, 2011 5:44 pm

Kevin Love matches Malone on double-double list

lol, what a bunch of clownish arguments: "go crawl back in a hole FOREVER." Wow, what a harsh critique. Especially since all I said was his streak is shaky. I wasn't bashing him as a player or a person in the least. For you to respond like that tells me one of two things: (1) you have no education and attacking people is your modus operandi when you don't know what to say, or (2) you have a homo-erotic crush on Kevin Love that borders on psychotic.

Since: Aug 28, 2007
Posted on: March 8, 2011 3:13 pm

Kevin Love matches Malone on double-double list

Will Kevin reach the Big E at 56?
or will he be Shut Down...God Only Knows

In the meantime...
Celebrate the News and Catch a Wave!!

Got-ta keep those Love-in Good
a happenin with her

'Cuz He'll have Fun, Fun, Fun
'til the the T-Wolves are relevant again

Since: Feb 19, 2011
Posted on: March 8, 2011 2:07 pm

Kevin Love matches Malone on double-double list

It's not like he's scraping by with 10 or 11 rebounds a night either. I mean, how many times do you look at the box score and he's got 21, 22, 23 boards? Ridiculous streak!

Since: Apr 25, 2008
Posted on: March 8, 2011 2:05 pm

Kevin Love matches Malone on double-double list

Kevin Love is a beast. I live in Minnesota so I do get to see him play.  The guy is 110% heart.  If he was on say the Miami Heat instead of Chris Bosh, the Heat would be pushing for the best record all time. This may sound crazy, he may be the best player the Timberwolves have ever had, including Kevin Garnett. He still has a few years of putting up similar numbers to make that arguement, but, he does have the talent. Hopefully he has the health as well. Love isn't the tallest guy out there, he isn't the strongest.  He does though know how to position himself better then anyone since Dennis Rodman.  The Timberwolves are a Center(a true center) and a point guard from being a team that can compete with good teams.  If one of those are an elite player, they are right there with the big boys.  Love is not just an offensive guy and he is not just a defense guy.  He plays both ends of the court and better then many in the league.  
I do agree he is exactly what the MVP of the league should be.  He isn't afraid to take a shot at the end either....*cough*...Lebron James. Unfortunately, until the W's start coming, he can't be in the MVP talks. He's just the best player on a team that could finally get out of the basement of the league, next year.  He is exactly the piece the Timberwolves need to restart the franchise that hasn't been the same since Garnett left for the Boston Celtics. As a Timberwolves fan it is nice to see that they do actually have a player to build their future around. 
If I was the GM of the Timberwolves, I'd lock this guy up for years and years.  They do have a few pieces as well. Michael Beasley has been solid as well all year.  The injuries slowed him though. If Love and Beasley get one more scorer, they will be in the playoffs next year when Rubio is running the point.  Yes, Rubio will play for the Timberwolves next year if he ever wants to play in the NBA. Now that Love and Beasley are here and playing well, I think Rubio can stick it out for 2-3 years in Minnesota.  I don't blame him for not wanting to come here before.  Rubio isn't a scorer, so he wouldn't have made it and ruined his career. Not sure if the draft has that Center they need or not, but, if not hopefully a FA would see the writing on the wall and actually want to come to Minnesota. If the Timberwolves could get say Dwight Howard, it would put them into the elite category.  Hell would probably freeze over first, but, as a Timberwolves fan, all we have are dreams of a great team.     

Since: Apr 20, 2010
Posted on: March 8, 2011 12:33 pm

Kevin Love matches Malone on double-double list

Love is a stud, and as a Laker fan, I cant help but to think that his coach has a hand in this curent streak.  Kurt Rambus played the same type of game and can only help Love become an Elite player/rebounder.

Since: Dec 27, 2006
Posted on: March 8, 2011 12:16 pm

Kevin Love matches Malone on double-double list

Kevin Love is amazing. What impresses me, a Bulls fan, most about this streak is that he has nothing to play for. Rebounding is, more than anything else, an effort stat. Yes positioning and anticipation are important, but, if rebounding is important to you you will make those things important. This is largely why he averages two more rebounds a game than the closest person and twice the number of rebounds that Amare Stoudemire does.Love wants rebounds like no one I have seen since Dennis Rodman.

Since: Mar 3, 2008
Posted on: March 8, 2011 11:57 am

Kevin Love matches Malone on double-double list

How does he not get any mention for MVP with these types of numbers? Sure, the T-Wolves suck, but as a true "Most Valuable Player" to his team, there has to be a strong case made for him.

Since: Dec 4, 2006
Posted on: March 8, 2011 11:48 am

Kevin Love matches Malone on double-double list

Too bad there hasn't been a Timberwolves game on national TV in 5 years. Nobody can even watch this dude play.

Since: Feb 3, 2009
Posted on: March 8, 2011 7:54 am

Kevin Love matches Malone on double-double list

I definitely don't discount what Kevin Love brings to the table.  He is a good scorer and a great rebounder.  One thing I have to point out is being the best player on a crap team.  A lot of people might have pointed this out, but I wanted to bring up the season David Lee had with the Knicks.  He had a bunch of double doubles.  I can't remember if he was first or if he finished second behind Dwight Howard.  David Lee was good and I liked his play a lot, but he was also the best option on a bad team.  It doesn't take away from what they do on the court, but it could skew the numbers just a bit.  I'd still love to have Love on my team though.

Since: Oct 15, 2007
Posted on: March 8, 2011 4:14 am

Kevin Love matches Malone on double-double list

I'm a Celtics fan, and after I check the Celts stats I go to the Minnesota box score to check what Kevin Love did! The guy is unbelievable.... I hope someday I can watch a replay of the whole game that he got a 30-30 and listen to the game's commentary as it unfolds

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