When Kevin Love was going to high school in suburban Portland, with visions of double-doubles dancing in his head, there was one guy he looked up to when it came to rebounding: Zach Randolph.

Love is not suggesting that Randolph, who will come to town with the Grizzlies to play the Timberwolves Wednesday night, is getting long in the tooth. Heck, he's only 29.

But Love, who is building a career and, perhaps, an All-Star résumé on the art of the rebound, spent a lot of time studying Randolph when the power forward was playing for the Portland Trail Blazers.

"I remember watching him growing up," Love said. "He is a guy I've looked up to from a basketball standpoint, in that regard. He's 6-8, 6-9. I guess you could say undersized for his position. But he still gets the job done every night."

Love and Randolph will match up for the first time this season Wednesday. Randolph was on the mend from a bruised tailbone when the two teams met in Memphis Oct. 30, a 109-89 Wolves loss.

Numbers-wise, they are very similar. Love and Randolph are two of four players (Blake Griffin and Dwight Howard are the others) who are averaging at least 20 points and 10 rebounds per game this season. Love has 42 double-doubles, Randolph 34. Love is on a 33-game double- double streak, Randolph has a 14-game streak this season. Talk of Love making the Western Conference All-Star team has been all the rage of late, competing against the likes of Griffin and LaMarcus Aldridge for the final spots. But Randolph, coming off his second conference player of the week award, has made a strong push of late to be named to his second consecutive team.