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NBA recognizes Kevin Love as the Western Conference Player of the Week

NBA recognizes Kevin Love as the Western Conference Player of the Week

by Derek Wetmore
1500ESPN.com
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The NBA on Monday named Kevin Love the Western Conference Player of the Week for the season's opening week. It's the first time in his career that he has earned the award.

From the league's website:

Love led Minnesota to a 3-0 mark, the second time in franchise history the Timberwolves have opened the season with at least three straight wins. Love paced the team in scoring and rebounding each game, averaging a league-best 29.7 points and ranking with 4.7 rpg [rebounds per game]. He had at least 30 points and 15 rebounds twice, giving him 20 such games since entering the league in 2008-09, second over that span to Dwight Howard (23). In the team's season opener Oct. 30 -- a 120-115 overtime victory against the Orlando Magic -- Love finished with 31 points and 17 rebounds, and sank the game-tying three-pointer to force overtime.

You may recall that play, a clutch shot Love drained to send the season opener into overtime. Wolves columnist Zach Harper posted a video analysis of that important shot against the Magic.

Love and the Wolves are playing well enough to vault up national media power rankings. But amid the very positive first week for the Love, Corey Brewer and the Wolves, the NBA warned Love and Brewer for violating the league's anti-flopping policy.

Derek Wetmore is the senior editor for 1500ESPN.com. His previous stops include MLB.com and the Minnesota Daily.
Email Derek | @DerekWetmore
In this story: Corey Brewer, Kevin Love
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