Kevin Love deserves some ... love

Gritty forward cleaning the glass and scoring efficiently for Team USA

Updated: August 8, 2012, 10:11 PM ET
By Tom Haberstroh | ESPN Insider
Kevin LoveJamie Squire/Getty ImagesWhile LeBron leads the team, Love grinds it out in the paint and on the offensive glass.

While everyone understandably laughs incredulously at Kobe Bryant's 3-point onslaught and LeBron James' first Olympic triple-double, there's another guy who deserves a share of the spotlight after Team USA's 119-86 win over Australia on Wednesday.

His name? Kevin Love.

Still think he doesn't deserve a spot on Team USA?

When Blake Griffin, Chris Bosh and Dwight Howard got scratched for the Olympics squad, a pocket of Americans worried about the prospects of having no real backup center on Team USA. It was Tyson Chandler and ... Love. And even then, it seemed skepticism of Love's Olympic qualifications remained.

But nowadays, chances are Kevin Durant won't be the only one showering Love with praise on Twitter. In Wednesday's win over Australia, Love tallied a solid double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds in just 21 minutes of action.