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Kevin Love is Good at Basketball: Thoughts on the NBA for 1/7/14

  • The Timberwolves blew out the Sixers last night to end their win streak thanks in large part to another big game from Kevin Love. He finished with 26 points, “just” 7 rebounds (It was the second time in three nights he didn’t get double-digit rebounds, and only the fourth time all year), and 4 assists. Oh, and he did all that in only 29 minutes. He’s not the MVP – that goes to LeBron, of course – but he’ll certainly be in the discussion if he keeps playing like this. He’s second in the league in scoring, second in the league in rebounding and has turned himself into a real three-point threat, shooting 38% from downtown this year. Also, check out this tweet from friend of the program, @crabdribbles.

 

  • A few other important notes from yesterday’s T’Wolves-Sixers meeting. First of all is this celebration dance from Ronny Turiaf (.gif courtesy of @cjzero).

 

I also made a video if you’re interested. (I know you’re interested. This is important stuff.)

 

  • The second important note you need from last night’s game also comes from @cjzero. Can you spot the real Nikola Pekovic?

 

 

  • Even without Chris Paul, the Clippers were able to easily take care of the Magic, winning 101-81. Darren Collison played well in Paul’s absence, putting up 21 points and 7 assists while DeAndre Jordan added 14 points and 17 rebounds. The Clippers are still good enough to beat up on weaker teams like the Magic, but as we saw the other night when they were crushed by the Spurs, life without Paul will be difficult against good teams. Luckily for them, they have a bit of a soft spot in their schedule the next few weeks, and should be able to pick up some wins. Ah, I almost forgot. DeAndre Jordan also did this last night:

 

  • Finally, there was the matchup between the Hawks and Nets. Even without Deron Williams and Brook Lopez, the Nets were able to get it done again, picking up their third straight win. I’ve been saying it all year; I still think this team is making the playoffs. Despite how bad they’ve been, the Eastern Conference is even worse. And with their win last night, they’re just one game out. Also, make sure you check out the pass from Joe Johnson (10 second mark) here – great look to find Shaun Livingston.

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