Kevin Love joins the NBA MVP talk

JON KRAWCZYNSKI AP Sports Writer Published:

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Kevin Love is carrying the Minnesota Timberwolves into playoff contention and is now part of the conversations for league MVP.

Love has torn through the last three games against two of the league's best power forwards. He had 42 points and 10 boards against LaMarcus Aldridge in a win at Portland on Saturday, 39 points and 17 rebounds in a win over Blake Griffin and the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday and 29 points and 16 boards against the Blazers on Wednesday.

The surprising Timberwolves are eighth in the Western Conference, just one game behind Denver for the seventh seed.

Coach Rick Adelman says Love deserves to be in the MVP conversation with the likes of Miami's LeBron James, Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant and Chicago's Derrick Rose.