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Kevin Love suspended for stepping on Scola's face

Posted on: February 4, 2012 10:00 pm
Edited on: February 6, 2012 12:24 pm
Posted by Ben Golliver

Update 12:22 p.m. Monday, February 6th: The league announced Monday that Kevin Love has been suspended two games for the whole "stepping on Scola's face" thing. Scola handled the whole thing pretty well.


Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love is a surefire All-Star this season and one of the most promising young players in the NBA. But he'll catch some Heat for what went down during a Saturday night game against the Houston Rockets. There may very well be some people who watch the video below and deem it "dirty."

The incident began with the Rockets holding possession of the ball, trailing the Timberwolves leading, 64-52, with a little less than nine minutes remaining in the third quarter. Scola was working on Love with his back to the basket in the post. Scola fell to the ground in the paint after Love swiped down hard on the ball to force a turnover and Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio collected the ball and passed ahead to start a fast break the other direction. Love then moved to join the play as Scola lay on his back in the paint, in between Love and the upcourt action. Love seemed at first to attempt to step over Scola but his left foot wound up coming down with full force on Scola's face. Replays seemed to indicate that Love was looking down at Scola prior to stepping his foot down.

No foul was called on the play. The only question now is whether the act will draw the attention of the NBA league office.

Here's the video of Kevin Love stepping hard on Luis Scola's face via YouTube user RocketsRed and

This isn't the first recent incident between the two big men. Less than a week ago, Scola threw the ball at Love's male region while attempting to save the ball from going out of bounds. Love doubled over in pain at the force of the throw and lay on the ground motionless while Scola checked on his well-being.

Here's video of Scola throwing the ball at Love's male region via YouTube user RocketsRed.


Since: Jul 18, 2007
Posted on: February 4, 2012 11:19 pm

Kevin Love steps on Luis Scola's face video

Love looked down as he stomped his foot.  Love is going to get a suspension.  Guarantee!

Since: Jan 2, 2012
Posted on: February 4, 2012 11:15 pm

Kevin Love steps on Luis Scola's face video

that wasnt on purpose you idiots, it unintentional. they just got crossed up is all.  no suspension necessary.

Since: Nov 18, 2006
Posted on: February 4, 2012 11:09 pm

Kevin Love steps on Luis Scola's face video

Both look incidental to me. Scola hitting Love in the nuts was a standard move to try and knock the ball out of bounds off of an opposing player. It just coincidentally hit his groin.

Love stepping on Scola he looked like he was trying to step over him but Scola put his arms up and hooked Love's foot, which caused him to naturally step down for balance. But hey... it's not like the media has a responcibility to point this kind of thing out... because "Love kicks Scola in the face" gets more hits.

Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: February 4, 2012 11:04 pm

Kevin Love steps on Luis Scola's face video

Scola's a bitch but that was downright dirty. I'm thinking a 5 game suspension. He and Suh should kick it sometime.

Since: Feb 4, 2012
Posted on: February 4, 2012 10:33 pm

Kevin Love steps on Luis Scola's face video

I am thinking kevin love still had a gruge with scola because of the nut shot last time they played. He did not even throw the ball blindly back, he looked back and just nailed love in the nuts. 
And also, the refs let the game get out of control...everybody was badling inside and there were no foul calls, therefore everybody was getting heated. When you are getting hacked by the same guy that hit you in the nuts, it is easy to get a little out of control
Not saying it was right, but it happens 

Since: Oct 16, 2011
Posted on: February 4, 2012 10:20 pm

Kevin Love steps on Luis Scola's face video

Love that was just dumb! Yes guys can get under your skin but you don't "kick a man when he is down", superstars sometimes get hacked you have to learn to live through it. Bad move for an otherwise stand up guy.

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