Despite Kevin Love's issues with the Minnesota Timberwolves as a franchise, the team has played well of late.
Not even the return of New Orleans' prized rookie has helped the Hornets end their latest slide.
The visiting Timberwolves look to match a season high with a third straight victory and hand the Hornets a sixth consecutive defeat Friday night.
Hours before Minnesota (10-9) beat Denver 108-105 on Wednesday for its fifth win in seven games, Love tried to clarify his comments from a recent Internet story in which he questioned decisions made by team president David Kahn. Though Love stood by what he said about Kahn's building of the team and his complaint of getting a four-year deal instead of the maximum five-year contract extension last January, he remains happy with the team's direction.
Minnesota has averaged 97.9 points over the last seven games after averaging 91.8 in losing each of its previous five.
"I'm not going to fall back and say I didn't mean the things that I...