Originally posted on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 11/11/12
CHICAGO There are a thousand ways to quantify losing Kevin Love, and early this season, the best measure is 72 to four.Going into Saturday night, Nikola Pekovic was tied for 72nd in the league in points per game. He's the Timberwolves' leading scorer.Last season, with 26.0 points per game, Love was fourth in the league and best on the Timberwovles. Fourth vs. 72nd. It was a measure that hasn't mattered much, at least not until Saturday, when there was a glaring lack of anyone to lead a scoring charge. There's no consensus leader on the offense, and J.J. Barea, Andrei Kirilenko, Pekovic, Luke Ridnour, Chase Budinger have all led the team in scoring on at least one night. Only Pekovic has notched the most points twice, and in Saturday's 87-80 loss, the team desperately needed someone, anyone, to be that guy.That guy who could break through the Bulls' air-tight second-half defense. That guy who could pick up steam in the fourth quarter, despite an injury to Budinger that took him limp...
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