NBA suspends Love for 2 games
- Blog Post by: Jerry Zgoda
- February 6, 2012 - 11:53 AM
The NBA on Monday suspended Wolves forward Kevin Love for two games for stepping on Houston’s Luis Scola’s face and chest during Saturday’s victory at Target Center.
He will miss Tuesday's game against Sacramento and Wednesday's game at Memphis.
By my calculations -- and my engineer brother will tell you I'm lousy at math -- he will lose about $83,636 in pay.
The league termed Love's action "driving his foot into the upper body and face" of Scola and upgraded an incident in which no foul was called Saturday to a flagrant foul type 2.
Love's stepped on Scola's face after he heated trips down the floor, one when he scored on a third-effort putback after shouldering Scola to the floor and the other after he whacked Scola across the body reaching for the ball in frustration.
No foul was called on that whack.
Scola fell to the ground and play headed to the opposite end of the court, Love turned and planted his foot on Scola's face and chest.
No foul was called on that either because officials were following the play, but the irate Rockets received two techincals in the next minute after that.
After Saturday's game, Love called his step unintentional and attributed it to his big feet.
"I mean, he fell down after the play," Love said. "He just kind of laid there and I've got size 19 feet so...I just happened to be there. I had nowhere to go. I got kind of tripped up and I just had nowhere to step. He was right there. It was a heat of the moment type play and he was right there and it happened to be his face, just like in Houston it happened to be my groin."
He was referring to a moment in last Monday's game, when Scola tried to save possession of the ball as he was falling out of bounds by throwing it off Love.
It hit Love right in the privates and he fell in a heap to the floor in pain.
After the game, Scola downplayed Love's big foot, wryly saying he didn't get enough time with it on his face to know what brand of sneaker Love wears.
"I just don't care about that play, the game is over," he said. "I was really surprised, I'm talking about the play, the shot (where Love whacked him and didn't get called). I think he wanted to foul me and I don't know why the ref didn't call it. I was a little surprised. The game is over. I don't want to talk about it that much."
We'll see if Rick Adelman starts rookie Derrick Williams or Michael Beasley in Love's spot on Tuesday.
Whatever he does, I'm sure he'll tell us after practice today that he hasn't decided which way to go.
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