But that didn’t stop the Minnesota Timberwolves forward from taking another shot after the game -- a parting shot.
Asked about the Nets’ turnaround, Love replied, “They’re in the East.”
He chuckled afterward.
His frustration was evident.
Love, the NBA’s fourth-leading scorer (26.3 ppg), was held to just 14 points on 5-for-14 shooting by Paul Pierce.
He shot just 2-for-9 from the field in the final three quarters.
“They did a good job, but was really just me being exhausted,” Love said. “I couldn’t find any energy in the second half. That was really it.”
He continued: “I don’t know. I might be getting sick or something. I had zero energy in the second half; got nothing.”
Love’s Timberwolves (36-36) would be the No. 7 seed in the Eastern Conference playoff standings if the season ended Sunday.
They are 10th in the West.
Question: What do you think of Love’s comments? Let us know in the comments section.
Up next: The Nets are off Monday