There were many excellent candidates for SCIC’s Performance of the Week award this week.
Miami Heat forward LeBron James, Los Angeles Clippers’ point guard Chris Paul and Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant are the three best players in the league and will likely be in the running for this award every single week.
Three players, Durant, Houston Rockets’ center Dwight Howard and Portland Trail Blazers’ big man Lamarcus Aldridge, who won this award last week, were especially good this week.
However, this week, SCIC’s Performance of the Week goes to Minnesota Timberwolves’ power forward Kevin Love.
Love missed Saturday’s 103-82 loss to the Miami Heat, but returned for their 121-94 victory over the Detroit Pistons Tuesday. Although Love shot poorly from the field (six-of-15), he went four-of-six from beyond the arc and hit all 10 of his free throw attempts en route to a 26-point, 16-rebound, seven-assist performance.
On Wednesday, the Timberwolves were winners again, this time defeating the Philadelphia 76ers 106-99. Love scored 26 points, pulled down 15 rebounds and dished out five assists.
Love got back to work Friday in a 110-107 loss to the San Antonio Spurs. In the game, Love exploded for 42 points on 15-of-27 shooting, including eight-of-nine shooting from beyond the arc. He also grabbed 14 rebounds.
Over the week, Love averaged 31.3 points, 15.0 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game. He shot 61.9% from three.