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Minnesota focusing on improving their high five efficiency rating

Kevin Love

In this photo taken Sept. 24, 2010, Minnesota Timberwolves’ Kevin Love ponders a question during NBA basketball media day in Minneapolis. After a summer winning a world championship with Team USA, Love is determined to become a better leader for the Timberbwolves. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)


Two weeks ago, Kevin Love and Wesley Johnson botched an in-game high five in amazingly awkward fashion. That one particularly graceless moment sparked hard-hitting journalists across the country into action, and the folks at have put together a probing, insightful look into “one of the most tragic moment in Minnesota sports history.”

You know what else is awkward? Calling a high five “a handshake.” Johnson and Love never meant to wish each other “good day,” but just execute a quick, affirming, congratulatory gesture. Get with it, otherwise excellent Minnesota web crew.

It’s good to see that the Wolves are putting in work, though. A study cited earlier this year by the New York Times linked touching with winning in the NBA. The Lakers and the Celtics touched more than any other team last season, and they did pretty well for themselves. Maybe, then, this missed connection between Love and Johnson explains why the Timberwolves are 29th in the league in offensive efficiency (points scored per 100 possessions) and 27 in defensive efficiency (points allowed per 100 possessions). A more efficient high-five game would undoubtedly translate to the rest of the court and help Minny surface from their doldrums. Or at least help Love, Johnson, and the rest of their teammates feel a little better about themselves when being completely demolished on a routine basis.

You can’t win ‘em all. But with practice, you can win every high five, Timberwolves.