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Kevin Love's double-double streak ends at 53

Posted on: March 13, 2011 11:57 pm
Edited on: March 14, 2011 12:26 am
 
Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Kevin Love's consecutive double-double streak has been snapped. Posted by Ben Golliver. kevin-love-gsw

On Friday, Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star power forward Kevin Love notched his 52nd consecutive double-double, moving past Hall of Fame center Moses Malone for most consecutive double-doubles since the NBA merged with the ABA in 1976. After putting up 24 points and 12 rebounds against the Utah Jazz on Friday, Love was all set to take aim at his next target -- Elvin Hayes' 55 straight double-doubles in 17973-1974 -- until both he and the Timberwolves sputtered in a disastrous 100-77 loss to the Golden State Warriors on Sunday night. 

Minnesota's 77 points against Golden State was a season-low and, in the process, Love managed just six points and 12 rebounds in 33 minutes of play, ending his consecutive double-double streak at 53 games.

After the game, Love tweeted, "All good things come to an end, I appreciate everyone sending their love regarding the streak. But with that said...why not start another one on Wednesday?"

Golden State's lead was so big down the stretch that Timberwolves coach Kurt Rambis pulled Love from the game with roughly four minutes to go in the game, streak be damned.

It seems appropriate that Love, the NBA's leading rebounder at 15.8 per game, was still able to get it done on the glass in his streak-snapping game. That he couldn't crack double digit points against the league's fourth-worst defense -- shooting just 1-6 -- makes this look more like an off night rather than a no-show.

The last time Love failed to hit double digits in both points and rebounds? November 19, 2010 against the Los Angeles Lakers, when he finished with 0 points and seven rebounds in 34 minutes.

As many have pointed out, Love's streak is nothing compared to what Wilt Chamberlain used to do, running off consecutive double-double games by the hundreds and averaging a double-double in each of his 14 seasons. Comparing Chamberlain to Love is apples to oranges, though, and Love's accomplishment in the modern era has deserved the acclaim it's received.

In my opinion, consistency is the single most overlooked attribute in today's NBA. Kevin Durant is the league's best scorer, by far, because he does it every single night. Every. Single. Night. Check his game log. The same thing should be said for Love. Even if he doesn't possess the physical talent and athleticism to be a true franchise player, he brings energy and hustle and rebounding intuition night in and night out, no easy feat given how often the weakling Timberwolves walk into the gym overmatched.

You can debate whether or not Love should have been an All-Star this season, but you can't argue against his consistency. That's what Love, and his streak, should be remembered for.
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Since: Feb 22, 2008
Posted on: March 14, 2011 6:09 pm
 

Kevin Love's double-double streak ends at 53

So nice to see a player work hard every night.  Very rare.  Especially outside of point guards.
I'm disappointed he didn't try harder to make a couple more baskets (which he easily could have, especially during garbage time in the last couple minutes when Warriors stopped trying), but that shows how much of a selfless team player he is.


Fire Childress
Since: Nov 15, 2010
Posted on: March 14, 2011 2:01 pm
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Since: Dec 4, 2006
Posted on: March 14, 2011 1:54 pm
 

Kevin Love's double-double streak ends at 53

Love is the definition of a stat hound. Looking at the stiffs that surround Love in Minnesota, if they are going to get 25-30 rebounds in any particular game, he probably has to get at least 10-15 of them. Also he doesn't play particularly good defense or blocks shots (1 block for every 40 rebounds). He will sag off of a player on defense to get in position for the rebound rather than challenge a shot (Wolves are also in the bottom 5 of the league in defensive efficiency and dead last in points allowed) so basically the shot either is going in or he is rebounding it (and it's going in at a higher rate than against any other team). His team is awful so why not, but I could never see him putting up those kind of numbers on a 25-30 win team much less a playoff contender because the standard for defense will be so much higher and there will not be the same "try to get a rebound at any cost" mentality.



Since: Feb 19, 2011
Posted on: March 14, 2011 1:50 pm
 

Kevin Love's double-double streak ends at 53

Sucks the streak is over. Aside from looking forward to an early playoff exit from the Heat and Knicks, this was about the only interesting thing about the NBA.



Since: Feb 5, 2009
Posted on: March 14, 2011 1:44 pm
 

Kevin Love's double-double streak ends at 53

Wilt also played with no one his size.. u take love and put him in the midget league and he would do what wilt did.. honestly wilt changed the game but he was before his time.. if jordan played in that era he would have it.. if shaq played in that era he would be just as good..



Since: Dec 23, 2010
Posted on: March 14, 2011 1:42 pm
 

Kevin Love's double-double streak ends at 53

Wow, this guy is a great pickup for any team. Coach benches him with his double-double streak on the line, and he doesn't show any problem with that decision. That's a team player.



Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: March 14, 2011 12:18 pm
 

Kevin Love's double-double streak ends at 53

oops I should have read the whole story before posting.



Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: March 14, 2011 12:17 pm
 

Kevin Love's double-double streak ends at 53

I wonder how many consecutive double doubles Wilt Chamberlain put up in his heyday? On a typical night he'd reach that by halftime, or maybe sometimes after the first quarter.



Since: Jun 25, 2007
Posted on: March 14, 2011 11:49 am
 

Kevin Love's double-double streak ends at 53

If you had to root for the A's, Warriors, Sac Kings, Raiders or 49ers you would understand how miserable they are as fans. Their favorite day is when the Lakers get eliminated in the playoffs...2 years later and they are still waiting!!
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Since: Nov 15, 2010
Posted on: March 14, 2011 11:38 am
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