MINNEAPOLIS Kevin Love sat. The lead was 19, the clock was ticking down, and the power forward had his 36 points, his 13 rebounds, as much as he could have asked for.
And so they clapped as Love settled into his chair, maybe a bit sweatier than he would have been last year, maybe a bit more relieved, but so far from ready to admit that this could be the norm.
Oh, was he ready for the conjecture, for the proclamations of his resurgence after the Timberwolves' 91-73 handling of Cleveland Friday night. He got it during the game, from teammates ribbing him that he was back, half kidding, half hoping. He was ready with his deflections, not quite of praise, but of any hint of prediction.
"It's one game," Love said. "I made some shots, made my free throws most of them. So you know, hopefully it's not fool's gold. It's a step in the right direction. I mean, I've been putting in work, but it's just one game."
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