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All The Wolves Needed Was Some Love

Timber WolfAnalyst IIDecember 6, 2009

NEW ORLEANS - FEBRUARY 08: Kevin Love #42 of the Minnesota Timberwolves fights for a rebound with Sean Marks #4 of the New Orleans Hornets on February 8, 2009 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  The Hornets defeated the Timberwolves 101-97.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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The Minnesota Timberwolves have been on a role, despite what the wins and losses might reflect.

Although the third quarters have stunned the Wolves in numerous ways, it seems the Wolves are making a breakthrough over the last four games.

After defeating the Denver Nuggets and ending their 17-game winning streak at the Pepsi Center, the Timberwolves have finally figured out that they can compete with any team.

A couple of the biggest reasons for this has to do with Ryan Gomes stepping up and Al Jefferson starting to return to form. But the biggest reason has to be Kevin Love.

Assuming the young Wolves wanted to have some momentum heading into the mid-season and Kevin Love's return, they have won two of their last four games, the most recent coming at home against the Utah Jazz.

Kevin Love is back, and I know the Wolves are loving the player I call "the Loveliest".

Please consider his stats over two games:

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  • 14.5 PPG, 10.5 RPG, 1.5 APG, 0.5 BPG in 25 MPG

A great two games but what makes it even better is that he has helped the Wolves in every aspect of the game.

His energy is rubbing off on the Wolves in a great way. He's rebounding, which has Al Jefferson rebounding like his old self as well. He's hitting threes, spreading the defense, and making crisp outlet passes.

Head coach Kurt Rambis has made statements about Kevin Love being out of rhythm and out of sync, but it does not seem like it.

He is four of six from the three-point line in his first two games, and with Ryan Gomes, Wayne Ellington, and Love all hitting threes consistently, the Wolves aren't as bad from behind the arc as originally thought.

As the Wolves shot 44 percent from the three-point line against the Utah Jazz, and 50 percent from the three-point line against the New Orleans Hornets.

What Does The Future Hold?

With Wayne Ellington showing more consistency, averaging 10 points in his last game, Kevin Love and Jefferson rebounding, Corey Brewer hustling, and Ryan Gomes hitting shots, the Wolves don't have a horrible future in store for the rest of this season.

It's very possible that if healthy, they can win 24-plus games. In order to reach 30 wins, the Wolves would have to win 50 percent of their games from now on.

All the Wolves needed was some "Love".

Thanks for reading.

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