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.
For the second time this season, Minnesota Timberwolves‘ power forward Kevin Love takes home the award.
Los Angeles Clippers’ power forward Blake Griffin was just as deserving but the edge went to Love, who had to play through a thigh injury throughout the week. Plus, the only game Love’s Wolves lost came on a very controversial call.
Last Saturday, Love led the Wolves to a 117-95 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks. Love was extremely efficient, scoring 33 points on 11-of-17 shooting from the field and four-of-six shooting from beyond the arc. He also pulled down 15 rebounds and dished out six assists in 35 minutes.
Two nights later when the Wolves returned home to take on the Dallas Mavericks, Love scored 36 points on 14-of-24 shooting, grabbed 11 rebounds and dished out four assists. As the game came to a conclusion, the Wolves trailed by two and went to their star, Love, for the final shot. Love got the ball in the corner and rose for a game-winning three-pointer. Mavericks’ Shawn Marion got to Love and appeared to make contact, but no foul was called.
He got fouled,” Wolves head coach Rick Adelman told the Associated Press. “I wonder what that would have been if (Dirk) Nowitzki, LeBron James, all the top players in the league — a guy reaches on a last-second shot like that, instead of challenging it. Maybe they don’t understand that Kevin is one of the top five players in this league. You make that call. But they didn’t.”
The Wolves bounced back with a 124-112 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans Wednesday. Love had 21 points on seven-of-19 shooting, grabbed six rebounds and dished out three assists in 35 minutes.
For the week, Love averaged 30.0 points, 10.7 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game.