This past weekend, Kevin Love represented the Minnesota Timberwolves in New Orleans for the 2014 NBA All-Star weekend. On Saturday, Love competed in the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest in an attempt to take home a second title. The following evening, Love scored 13 points in his first All-Star game as a starter. Despite Love’s and his team’s effort, the West came up on the losing side of the 163-155 final score.
Foot Locker Three-Point Contest (Saturday, Feb 15)
Although the top three-point shooters tend to be guards, the 6’10″ Love breaks the trend as a long-ball-shooting power forward. In 2012, Love won the Footlocker Three-Point Contest after an intense shootout with Kevin Durant. Following the 2012 contest, NBA writer Shaun Powell said the following:
“Love is the strangest of power forwards–someone who can change a game either in the paint or beyond the arc, someone who rebounds with abandon but also has the touch of a diamond-cutter from deep.”
This year, Love hoped to take back the title. Prior to the contest, No. 42 told Wolves writer Mark Remme that the one thing he didn’t want was to shoot first. “I jinxed myself,” said Love when he found himself called on to lead off the event. Love scored 16 points in the contest, but it proved insufficient to move past the first round.
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