Originally written on Crossover Chronicles  |  Last updated 4/9/12

Kevin Love might have a legitimate complaint about not getting named the Western Conference Player of the Month for March. Kevin Durant had an incredible month for sure, but Love's 30.7 points per game and 13.9 rebounds per game in the month of March certainly deserves notice. He posted a 58.4 percent true shooting percentage in the 16 games last month.

Love has shouldered a lot of the pressure for the resurgent Timberwolves ever since Ricky Rubio went down for the season with a torn ACL. Minnesota's Playoff hopes seem to be dwindling by the day and Love has had to keep things going just to keep Minnesota relevant.

It is not that the Wolves were not relying on Love a lot, but March was particularly bad.

Love averaged 40.4 minutes per game during March. He continues to play a ton of minutes. He leads the league in minutes per game with 39.7 minutes per game.

Certainly, Love continues to play hard and, believe it or not, he has garnered some MVP consideration -- behind the never-ending battle between LeBron James and Kevin Durant -- and he certainly would be in the debate more seriously if Minnesota were still competing for a Playoff spot.

The Wolves though are falling behind. Minnesota is 5.5 games behind the final playoff spot and are currently on a four-game losing streak. Injuries have hit the team hard -- with J.J. Barea and Luke Ridnour nursing injuries and Nikola Pekovic fighting injuries too -- and that has put the burden on Minnesota's superman to play at this high a level.

And Love said he is starting to feel it:

"I don't like to use that as an excuse, but I can feel it," Love told The Associated Press. "My body and my legs, especially on my shot, they aren't under me right now. With that said, that's not an excuse on the defensive end for every single one of us.

"The minutes are definitely catching up, but we have 10 games left and I'm 23 years old so I'm not complaining about it. I'm just going to keep going out there and fighting. We just need to all-around have a better defensive effort."

Love, ever the team player, is not going to complain about the constant grind he has to fight through for his team. That is the kind of player he has become.

But Minnesota is having a lot less to play for. While Love continues to put up outstanding numbers, the Wolves might want to make sure their best player is healthy enough to make it through an offseason of training and then next season. Minnesota, obviously, is going to rely on him again next year. And rely on him heavily.

There appears to be no slowing down Kevin Love this season. He is going to keep posting unreal numbers for this team because they have no one else really to rely on and Love is not someone who will tank his effort to save himself.

Hopefully Love's toils don't go unrewarded and Minnesota gets itself back into Playoff contention for next year.


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