So I guess that means he and Reggie Miller now have two things in common.
With just over three minutes remaining in the fourth quarter of the Minnesota Timberwolves' 109-100 victory over the Knicks Sunday night, Love buried an off-balance bank shot to put his team up by eight.
But here's the moment everyone will remember:
Clearly, Love was aware that there were a few things that had to happen before he could share a little dap with Lee.
Like Miller had done so many times in the past, Love almost single-handedly killed the Knicks. He poured in 34 points and grabbed 15 rebounds during the impressive road victory (helping Minnesota to its first 3-0 start in 12 years). So he satisfied the first prerequisite.
But he also made sure to toss in a perimeter shot with a remarkably high degree of difficulty—another page from Miller's Madison Square Garden playbook.
Instead of flashing a choke sign or screaming angrily at Lee, the Wolves forward casually jogged back up the floor after his bank shot with his right arm extended. Lee seemed to take notice of it at the last second and offered his own open palm in return.It's hard to know whether it was a respectful high-five, or if Lee offered some choice words as Love headed back on defense. At least neither party appeared to threaten real harm to the other, which is a major departure from past Lee-Miller interactions.
We should probably stop drawing comparisons between Miller and Love, largely because the latter has no chance to become the same kind of constant irritant to Knicks fans. The Wolves won't be back in MSG until next season, and barring a shocking turn of events, these two teams aren't going to cross paths in the NBA Finals.
So, clearly, there's only one way to keep the fun of an ongoing Lee-Love feud going: We have to organize a travel fund to get Lee out to Minnesota March 5 when the Knicks take on the Wolves at Target Center.
It sounds extreme, but it'll be worth if if we get more moments like this.
Pack your bright-orange scarf, Spike.
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