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Keys To The Wolf Den: Kevin Love, All-Star Weekend and Rebounds

Timber WolfAnalyst IIDecember 20, 2009

Out of rhythm? Out of shape? Still not 100 percent healthy?

In the mind of a Wolves fan, those words said by Kevin Love are a basketball player's dream for a guy that's averaging 14.4 PPG and 12.4 RPG.

What in the world is Kevin Love thinking? Is it possible that Kevin Love has more to offer the Wolves, or is it just me?

Please consider that Kevin Love had 14 rebounds before by the end of the third quarter in the victory, and grabbed two more in the fourth quarter. By then Kevin Love states that "he was winded".

Remember, this is a player that averaged 12 RPG in 25 MPG in the preseason, so it's very possible that Love can average more rebounds.

But it's not the rebounding number that astounds me. If anyone does not think Kevin Love can average 13-15 rebounds, they're crazy.

"I thought I was going to have a big-time breakout season before I got hurt," Love said. "I felt I was on my way. I was shooting the ball good, passing, rebounding, scoring inside...everything felt great."

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How much can you say about Kevin Love? He has a rare outlet passing ability, he has great hands, a good three-point shooter, above average defender, and an extreme rare talent that is only 21 years of age.

You can make a direct argument that he is the Wolves "most complete" player.

The Rookie-Sophomore game

A snub? More like a mush in the face with boogers engraved in your fingernails cooking with infestation.

Ok, maybe not all that. But needless to say, that 11 points and nine rebounds in your rookie season are qualifying numbers for any rookie or sophomore.

Last years rookie big men included Greg Oden, Brook Lopez, Michael Beasly, and Marc Gasol.

With Greg Oden out, Kevin Love should be in consideration for the rookie-sophomore game. But do not be surprised if he does not get selected again.

Brook Lopez, Michael Beasly, Jason Thompson, and Marc Gasol all average more points than Kevin Love does. Kevin Love has the edge in rebounding though.

With four spots possibly occupied, one could say that Jason Thompson and Brook Lopez are questionable.

The New Jersey Nets (Brook Lopez) have a staggering 2-26 record, and Jason Thompson could possibly be overshadowed by Tyreke Evans and Ormi Casspi, both having great rookie seasons.

Jonny Flynn could also end up being a factor in the same way of Evans and Casspi.

It's just a possibility that he doesn't play, and it's mainly due to his injury.

Overall, Kevin Love is a rebounding machine. He leads the league in rebounds per 48 minutes, is third in offensive rebounding, and is third in rebounds overall, only trailing Pau Gasol and Dwight Howard by .3 and .4 of a rebound, respectively, in five minutes less of playing time.

Can he lead the league in rebounds? Will Kurt Rambis give him that extra five minutes to do it when he get's in shape? Only time will tell.

Until then, thanks for reading!

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