The entire Minnesota Timberwolves organization, the emotion of their victory over the mighty Oklahoma City Thunder still coursing through their veins, ran up to Kevin Love, spread their arms and implored him:
“How do you like us now?”
OK, nobody did that. They would have been forgiven if they had, however. Ten days after arguably the best power forward in the NBA was quoted in a story questioning the direction of the franchise, the Wolves delivered one of the statement wins of the season by any team. If Love wishes to play for a contender, Thursday offered a glimpse of what that might look like if he sticks it out in Minnesota.
Five years and zero playoff appearances into his professional career, Love is understandably impatient to play for a winning team. Al Jefferson and Kevin Garnett preceded him in his aggravation in the Twin Cities, and Love’s soul-baring interview with Yahoo! Sports was greeted with less outrage than heads nodding in agreement. The Timberwolves have spent almo...