|Love scores 18 in Timberwolves debut|
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|Monday, 14 July 2008 18:45|
Love's team was routed by the Dallas Mavericks, 90-74.
The fifth overall selection in last month?s draft, Love started slowly and committed four fouls - the same number of points he scored - in the first quarter before settling in.
``I had to get the jitters out,'' Love said. ``I was shaking out there a little bit because it hadn?t sunk in that I was a NBA player.''
Love finished strongly with 10 second-half points and was the aggressor inside. He had five offensive rebounds and committed only two more fouls - summer league rules allow for 10 before disqualification.
Jerry Sichting, who is coaching Minnesota's summer team, wasn?t concerned with Love?s slow start.
``We just didn?t get him the ball much early in the game,'' Sichting said. ``We didn?t have many set plays to get the ball inside to him. But he?ll do some good things for us. He?s a good player.''
The 6-foot-10 forward averaged 17.5 points and 10.6 rebounds per game last year in his lone season with UCLA to lead the Bruins to the Final Four. He was the Pacific-10 Player of the Year.
``I never like losing. I?m not used to it,'' Love said.
The Mavericks erased an early six-point deficit and went on a 27-4 run. They took a 33-14 advantage midway through the second quarter. JaJuan Smith had 19 points for Dallas, while Shan Foster added 17.