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The Minnesota Timberwolves are trying to get Kevin Love to the All-Star Game as a starter, after being just a mere 22,000 votes behind Los Angeles Clippers’ power forward Blake Griffin from the last voting returns.

In terms of individual credentials, it’s hard to find someone more deserving in the Western Conference not named Kevin Durant. Love is currently second in the NBA in scoring (26.4 per game), second in rebounding (13.3 per game), first in assists for power forwards (4.3 per game), fifth in free throw attempts (7.7 per game), eighth in 3-pointers made, and first in awesome outlet passes (a lot). In comparing his stats to Griffin’s, Love blows him away in almost every category.

However, Griffin is doing what he’s doing for a much better team. The Clippers are 24-13, 5.5 games ahead of the Wolves right now. Griffin is also in a much bigger market and is more popular, giving him a decided advantage in garnering votes. Wolves are asking fans to tweet, “Kevin Love #NBABallot” in addition to posting in on Facebook, Instagram, iCarrierPigeon, texting, stalking the league office, and whatever avenues might get Love to the All-Star Game in New Orleans as a starter.

Regardless of whether or not he starts, he’ll definitely make the West roster and represent the Wolves.

According to sources of Marc Spears from Yahoo! Sports, Kevin Love will be named an All-Star reserve for the second time in his career.

Obviously, this isn’t official at all but Marc is a pretty darn good reporter and it’s pretty obvious that Love deserves to be on the West squad this season.

Get excited, Pups fans!

Update: This is now official. From the Wolves:

Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love has been named to the 2012 Western Conference All-Star team, the National Basketball Association announced today…The honor is the second of Love’s career as he made his first appearance in last year’s game. Love is the second player in franchise history to make more than one All-Star Game appearance, joining Kevin Garnett (10 appearances). Tom Gugliotta, Wally Szczerbiak and Sam Cassell all made one appearance as a Timberwolves player. Love recorded two points and four rebounds in 12 minutes during the 2011 NBA All-Star Game at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles.

And here’s a rundown of the reserves for both conferences.

Forget about the dead birds, the dead fish, and the functional illiterate squatting on The Times’ Bestseller List. Our surest sign yet of the coming apocalypse came last night in Los Angeles. Kevin Love didn’t grab a single rebound in the entire first half. Not one.

This is quite possibly the rarest of statistical anomalies the NBA has to offer. Even an uncontainable talent like LeBron James has the occasional cold streak, as do Rajon Rondo’s fellow Celtics, which would explain either of the two respectively failing to register a point or assist. Try as they might, the ball doesn’t always go in the basket. But that’s exactly what made this so….strange.

Not one? Really?

Then again, it wasn’t hard to understand why. Saddled with early foul trouble, Love saw limited minutes and upon returning to action, he simply couldn’t handle Blake Griffin. You see, even after acknowledging them for the coded indicators of race that they are, we must also accept that the essence of Kevin’s game is hard work and a high IQ. Underwhelming physique or not, he knows the entire floor, positions himself well and never gives up on a play. This alone has been enough to outperform championship frontcourts in both Boston and San Antonio, in addition to hanging a 30/30 game around Amar’e Stoudemire’s neck. But Griffin is an unparalleled athlete and workhorse. It almost…no, it was unfair. The Clippers carried a twelve point lead into the half, which by no coincidence was the same advantage they held in second chance points, thanks solely to Blake Griffin. Nothing that powerful should be so nimble.

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