Warriors Take The Bite Out Of Kevin Love’s Double Doubles And Minnesota. Warriors 100-TimberWolves 77.

Posted: March 16, 2011 in Golden State Basketball

 

What’s up sports fans? The Warriors had Kevin Love and the Minnesota Timberwolves. The reason why I said Kevin Love and the Minnesota Timberwolves is because Kevin Love has been rewriting the NBA when it comes to double double’s. The man had a 53 game streak of double double’s. Now that’s just insanely amazing. The last time someone went that far was Elvin Hayes at 55 double double’s back in the 73-74 seasons.  “I thought I was doing it for myself but a lot of it was for the fans and everybody watching. I feel a big weight off my shoulders.” replied Love who ended the streak against Golden State with 6pts. and 12 rebounds.

“Now I can start focusing on playing my game.” Maybe he’s right. Maybe that’s what kept him off all night, because he couldn’t focus enough to keep Golden State out of the paint. Minnesota only had nine rebounds the entire game, While the Warriors finished with 13. Golden State’s defense forced the T-Wolves to 27 turnovers.  “Lee does a good job of high-siding him and fronting him,” Minnesota coach Kurt Rambis said. “They also did a good job of collapsing on him when he got the ball inside.” One thing for sure, David Lee has been phenomenal defending the paint. He did a solid job against Dwight Howard another big double double threat and he’s cemented the idea that he can defend some of the more perennial centers in the league.

“Kevin’s a good friend of mine but when he has a performance like he did against us in Minnesota, definitely pride has to take over and try to stop that streak,” said Lee, who had eight points and six rebounds. “I had a lot of help tonight. The biggest thing was I knew if we could keep him from having a big night that we could win another game.” The Warriors finished off the first half with a 13-2 run, which gave them a 5pt. lead going into the third quarter. The Warriors didn’t have a high three point margin like the did against Orlando on friday, but they did get some great production out of the bench, particularly from Lou Amundson. It was greatly needed because once again Andris Biedrins continues to struggle at the center position.

Andris put in 6 rebounds with no score, and Amundson had 7pts. and 11 rebounds. Biedrins needs to be more of a presence inside the paint area, so Golden State can have more of an post up game.  If Andris was more dominant in the paint Golden State would be a more threat against it’s opponents. Steph Curry finished with 24 pts. 9 rebounds and 6 assist.  Ekpe U’doh had a season high of 5 block shots, and he’s always making his opponents know that he’s a threat. The combination of U’doh and Lee kept Kevin Love at bay. Minnesota coach Kurt Rambis finally took Kevin Love out when Steph Curry made two 3 pointers to put the Warriors up 92 to 70 in the fourth quarter. When Love sat down a lot of the Warriors fans yelled and chanted,”Your streak is over!!”

“I’m not too upset that the streak’s come to an end,” Love said. “It’s OK. If we were winning and I was getting this, it would mean a lot more, but it is what it is.” Kevin Love streak is still remarkable in that the Timberwolves franchise never had a statistic like this until now. Golden State improved to 30-36 for the 2011-12 season and will continue to try to make themselves playoff bound. You think they’ll make the playoffs? Tell me what you think. Remember folks it’s ALLBAYAREASPORTS.COM. Bay Area Sports Magnified!

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