“He is guarding no one this quarter”
NBA TV broadcasters describing Kevin Love.
I know, I know. The Lakers fans think they are just a signing of Kevin Love, playing him with Kobe to get back into the NBA elite. I’m watching this guy and while putting up some serious offensive numbers (26 points in the 1st half), he’s defensively deficient. This game is now 89-86, Golden State in the 3rd quarter, while Minnesota had a 19-point lead in the second quarter. In the second quarter, Love had a sequence where he got abused on the defensive end, after a score, he didn’t go all the way out of bounds and turned the ball over, then he dribbled the ball off his own leg and out of bounds for another turnover. Not impressive at all.
I suspect being on a playoff contender could help him become a more complete player. Hey, this Ricky Rubio guy is interesting. He can’t shoot, so they pack it in on Love or whoever else Minnesota uses in the post.
Neither one of these teams is defensively accomplished, but they aren’t even working on stops. In BSP’s humble opinion, that’s going to lead to a quick exit for the Warriors.