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February 3, 2015 Updates

After Kevin Love scored a season-low five points Monday and didn't attempt a shot after going 1-for-7 in the first quarter, LeBron James suggested there were more shots available for Love that he turned down and questioned whether his teammate's confidence might be shaken. "I think Kev had some shots that he passed up on," James said. "Maybe he felt that he just wasn't in a good rhythm, but I know I hit him with a few [potential] shots after the first quarter where he had some good looks when he decided to swing-swing [with a pass], which is OK, it kept the ball moving. So, I think for Kev, I think his confidence maybe shooting the ball is a little down, but for me as a player, I get him good looks. I want him to shoot the ball and he needs to shoot it with confidence." ESPN.com

Love didn't totally agree with James' assessment. "Maybe one look, but it was more so on a swing-swing to [Matthew Dellavedova]," Love said. "I think a guy was closing out on me and I hit Delly and Delly didn't end up shooting it. But, no, I think I had some good looks in the first quarter -- a couple tip-ins that I missed; [Timofey Mozgov] and I both went for the lob, I thought I had my hand on it, and missed that one. But, you know, getting good looks there. Not for lack of confidence, no." ESPN.com

February 2, 2015 Updates

When asked if it was a struggle to adapt, Love said "I'd be lying if I told you it wasn't. But finding different ways to be as efficient as possible, because it's something I prided myself on here. There's different ways to affect the game; I'm still learning that here, but we still have 35-plus games left. With that, we'll continue to evolve and change and get better." USA Today Sports

Love is averaging nine fewer points, five fewer shots and shooting worse from the field and 3-point line than he did last season with the Wolves and will not be joining James and Irving in New York for All-Star weekend. But the Cavaliers are 29-20 and have won 10 straight games after beating Minnesota on Saturday night. "I'm in a situation now where we're winning basketball games," Love said. "And I'm happy with that." USA Today Sports

February 1, 2015 Updates

Kevin Love expected to be booed by Timberwolves fans in his first game back in Minnesota since he was traded to Cleveland last summer. Wolves fans obliged on Saturday night. He said he wished the franchise would have been more successful in his six years with the club so it didn't come to this. "I enjoyed a lot of the people that I played with and met off the floor here, but it's a little bitter because I wish things could've gone better and been better," Love said before his Cavaliers played the Timberwolves. "I'm in a situation now where we're winning basketball, and I'm happy with that." USA Today Sports

Love was booed during pregame introductions and every time he touched the ball early, and the second-best player in Timberwolves history said it was a little jarring to be playing at Target Center in enemy colors. "I think that's only human nature to want things to always be . sunshine and blue skies all week," Love said. "But that's just not the case. As long as we get a win I'll feel great doing it." USA Today Sports

Earlier this week, the Wolves produced a tongue-in-cheek video trumpeting the return of Cavaliers guard Mike Miller, a parody that Love called "hilarious." But coach and president Flip Saunders clearly wasn't pleased with it. "I think as an organization we should be above that," said Saunders, who did not see the video before it was played on Wednesday night. "We have to acknowledge that Kevin, when he was here, he was a great player for us. He was an All-Star. He won an Olympic gold medal, did a lot of positive things. ... To not acknowledge that, to go the other way, I would say would be hypocritical." USA Today Sports

January 31, 2015 Updates

The Minnesota Timberwolves host Kevin Love and the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday, and the Wolves want to be very clear about their feelings for their departed All-Star in his return. Love, after all, served as the totality of the Timberwolves' offense for long stretches of the six years he played in Minnesota. So, on Wednesday, the team aired this video hyping "#TheReturn" of the player fans have been waiting to welcome back. ESPN.com

Someone asked Kevin Love recently if he was ready for his big return game to Target Center, when his new team (Cleveland Cavaliers) plays his old team (Minnesota Timberwolves) Saturday night. "You mean when I get killed?" Love said, shrugging. NBA.com

“When you go on the road and you’re returning to a place where they once loved you, they still love you,” James said. “I know that. You only get booed because they love you. It’s like a scorned woman. Sorry women. You break a woman’s heart or you hurt a woman, she still loves you, she’s just a little mad at you at the time. Kevin needs to lean on us and I know that. We’re going to be there to pick him up. But just play basketball. That’s what I did. I played basketball. My teammates allowed me to do that, my teammates helped me through it. It’s 48 minutes, a couple of hours and then you can move on.” Akron Beacon Journal

In the midst of his lone college basketball season -- all because Love, who had grown up and starred at Lake Oswego (Ore.) High, opted to play for the Bruins -- some Oregon fans went crazy. Somebody got Love's cell phone number and its voicemail filled up with so much bile, he cancelled the service. His parents, his sister Karen, his grandmother and his uncle Mike (of Beach Boys fame) were pelted with trash and profanity. "It was the grossest display of humanity I've ever been involved with," said Stan Love, Kevin's father and a former hoops star at the school. He vowed that night never to return to his alma mater. NBA.com

The real problems, though, were much the same as during Garnett's stay: historically poor management decisions, not enough help on the court and something of an intractable, country-club culture undercutting any player's or players' intensity or urgency. Love chafed at the Wolves' losing, at four head coaches in six years and at former GM David Kahn's frequently expressed view that Love really wasn't a franchise player. NBA.com

January 29, 2015 Updates

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