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Enough Is Enough: Play Kevin Love!

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This has been a recurring theme all year long, and it’s been absurd the whole time. The Minnesota Timberwolves have very few bright spots. We know this. We joke about this. We worry about John Wall going there. We make fun of Darko Milicic being there. It’s tragic comedy.

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So given the circumstances, it’s unforgivable for the T’Wolves to consistently relegate one of their only bright spots—Kevin Love—to the bench. And in favor Darko Milicic?! Kelly Dwyer carries the torch for Love over at Ball Don’t Lie:

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Kurt wants to make Darko Milicic happy, I guess. Never mind that Darko, while being made happy, has averaged nine points, 8.6 rebounds, and two blocks per 36 minutes of play with Minnesota. While Love has managed 18 points and 13.5 rebounds per 36 while fouling nearly half as much.

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Last night, Darko played 33 minutes to Love’s 22, and again, it’s indicative of a yearlong trend. For whatever reason, Minny doesn’t use Kevin Love nearly enough. He’s one of the best young rebounders in the league, and before all is said and done, he’s a lock to be a major contributor on a playoff team. Good teams can always use a player like Kevin Love.

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But the T’Wolves? Not so much. Their second best player averages just 28 minutes-a-night. Pretty perplexing stuff, and to be fair, maybe it’s more complicated than we appreciate.

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One thing is simple, though: Not playing the most promising young player on their roster is why they remain the Minnesota Timberwolves.

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And the tragic comedy continues…