Starting Five: Kevin not in a loving mood

NEW YORK -- Kevin Love couldn’t hit many shots on Sunday night against the Brooklyn Nets.

But that didn’t stop the Minnesota Timberwolves forward from taking another shot after the game -- a parting shot.

Asked about the Nets’ turnaround, Love replied, “They’re in the East.”

He chuckled afterward.

His frustration was evident.

Love, the NBA’s fourth-leading scorer (26.3 ppg), was held to just 14 points on 5-for-14 shooting by Paul Pierce.

He shot just 2-for-9 from the field in the final three quarters.

“They did a good job, but was really just me being exhausted,” Love said. “I couldn’t find any energy in the second half. That was really it.”

He continued: “I don’t know. I might be getting sick or something. I had zero energy in the second half; got nothing.”

Love’s Timberwolves (36-36) would be the No. 7 seed in the Eastern Conference playoff standings if the season ended Sunday.

They are 10th in the West.

Question: What do you think of Love’s comments? Let us know in the comments section.

In case you missed it: Pierce and Deron Williams talked about their team’s turnaround, and Kevin Garnett and Andrei Kirilenko are closer to returning and some assorted notes.

Standings: The Nets (39-33) are 1 1/2 games back of the fourth-seeded Chicago Bulls and 2 1/2 games back of the third-seeded Toronto Raptors.

Up next: The Nets are off Monday