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Despite career highs, Love passed up for Player of the Month honors

Despite career highs, Love passed up for Player of the Month honors

by Nate Sandell
1500ESPN.com
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Kevin Love put together the best statistical month of his career in February, but it wasn't enough to garner him NBA Western Conference Player of the Month honors.

Instead, the award went to the Clippers' Blake Griffin, who averaged 30 points and 10.7 rebounds in 11 games.

Was Love snubbed or was it the right call? That is up to debate.

Either way, the numbers the Timberwolves' All-Star forward posted last month were certainly eye-catching. Love averaged 34 points and 14 rebounds per game, which had not been done since Moses Malone reached the mark in March 1982.

Love's scoring average (34 ppg) was the highest single month average in Wolves' franchise history. The month also saw him pick up his first career triple-double (37 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists).

When asked about his recent surge prior to Minnesota's key match-up Wednesday against the Knicks, Love downplayed the stats, putting the emphasis on the Wolves' quest to keep their slim playoff hopes alive.

"I think more than anything it was opportunity," Love said. "A lot of guys have stepped up, not just myself. The fact that (Nikola Pekovic) and (Kevin Martin) were out, I had to do all that I could just to keep us kind of in the fight."

"So, yeah, I had a good February. I fought as hard as I could to get as many wins. Having those guys back we're a lot better team. But like I said, opportunity knocked for a lot of these guys and they were up to the challenge."

Even with Love's historic month, Minnesota went 5-6 in the February. On the other hand, Griffin's Clippers recorded a 7-4 record.

The Wolves have not had a player earn a Western Conference POM nod since Kevin Garnett did so in 2005.

Nate Sandell is a contributor to 1500ESPN.com.
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In this story: Kevin Love, Nikola Pekovic
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