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Kevin Love’s High-Leverage Season

“I think Minnesota at times plays better without Love.”

-George Karl, following last night’s Wolves-Nuggets game.

It didn’t take George Karl’s comments to detonate the nuclear bomb of Kevin Love derision that followed last night’s surprising win at Denver.  This is 2013 after all, when public opinions bare in a matter of seconds.  By the time an NBA coach finishes a post-game presser (let alone by the time his remarks are published by the Star Tribune) fans have already had it out on the interwebs on whatever the night’s hot issue.  Last night, the Timberwolves rallied to overcome a 10-point deficit and win at Denver; a place only the Miami Heat had left victorious before.  Kevin Love became a hot-button issue because his third quarter hand injury coincided exactly with the moment the comeback began.  In other words, it looked like they were going to lose before Love got hurt and left the game.  And then they won it without him.

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