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Kevin Love may have intentionally stepped on Luis Scola’s face (video)

Feb 4, 2012, 10:32 PM EDT

Kevin Love doesn’t have a reputation as a dirty player, but that may change a bit depending on how you view the play above from Saturday night’s game between the Timberwolves and the Rockets.

After a frustrating offensive trip for Love on the previous possession, and after Luis Scola turns it over and hits the deck, Love steps on Scola pretty forcefully before he heads back down to the other end of the court.

In real time, it looked to be intentional. Upon viewing the replays, it’s a little less clear. But Love did appear to look down and see exactly where Scola was before taking that unfortunate step.

If the league reviews it and determines that Love’s actions were intentional, a fine and suspension are likely on the horizon.

[via ClutchFans]

  1. Nbeaulieu - Feb 4, 2012 at 10:43 PM

    It looks like he was just trying to free his foot to me. Of course those local Rockets commentators paint it as a crime, it’s not like it was a full fledged stomp.

    • theallegedone - Feb 5, 2012 at 1:53 PM

      Looks like he was trying to free his foot huh? Hmm, isn’t that what Ndamukong Suh said when when he stepped on the guy from the Packers?

  2. philtration - Feb 4, 2012 at 10:43 PM

    Come on.
    He was trying to step over him when his foot got caught up with Scola’s arms.

    Are you trying to drum up some drama here?

  3. willardj - Feb 4, 2012 at 10:45 PM

    That is 100% intentional. No doubt about it.

    Love was clearly mad after yet another Scola flop. Who wouldn’t be? So he took his frustration out by stomping him on the face. Not a smart move.

    He should be suspended at least a few games after the NBA reviews this tape.

  4. vikesdynasty - Feb 4, 2012 at 10:45 PM

    yeah he’s probably so friggin frustrated that some of the plays he’s involved in arent being called fouls…i’ve watched about 20 games this year and theres plenty of times hes going down the court pissed and yelling at the refs and quite honestly i dont blame him…what more does he have to do to get some respect?

  5. captainwisdom8888 - Feb 4, 2012 at 10:52 PM

    That was vicious, and not something I would have expected to see from Love. Impulsive, appalling behavior on national television…not the best move for a star on the rise.

    • lebronsinsecurity - Feb 4, 2012 at 11:06 PM

      You have got to be kidding.. Vicious, impulsive, appalling.. Those words have nothing in common with this play.. It was just an awkward play that the announcers blew out of proportion.

    • Justin - Feb 5, 2012 at 12:15 AM

      How is FSRockets a national brodcast?

      • thekingdave - Feb 5, 2012 at 3:44 AM

        This coming from a Minnesota fan? Comical. Btw, stop pimping your blog. You’ve been doing it for close to a year now. If it was legit, it would have taken off on merit a long time ago.

      • Justin - Feb 5, 2012 at 8:18 AM

        Don’t like it then don’t click it. That seems simple enough. And I am not trying to make fun of the Rockets broadcast (although their announcers leave little to be desired but that is true with any opposing announcers). Simply said by definition this is not a national broadcast it is a local broadcast. If it was on ABC, CBS, ESPN, or TNT then yes, it would have been a national broadcast.

        I think you were so quick to jump on a possibility to insult the Wolves or my blog that you forgot to power up that little use thing resting between both ears.

      • Zach - Feb 5, 2012 at 9:42 AM

        thekingdave… you know what, I would much rather be a minnesota fan than a houston fan. It’s sad that you have to insult someone who likes their sports teams enough to have a blog… you even had a good football team this year, be excited about that… I understand that down in Houston you don’t know how to be a real fan.

  6. Justin - Feb 4, 2012 at 11:12 PM

    I bet if Kevin Love had to listen to the Houston announcers all game he would be stomping anyone wearing red for the next 2 weeks. Honestly, is there a more atrocious pair of home announcers in the game right now?

  7. danielcp0303 - Feb 4, 2012 at 11:16 PM

    From the perspective of a Rockets fan, it was intentional. Just before that happened, Love got 3 offensive rebound and was steaming mad about no foul calls. I don’t think it was atrocious or appalling, just play on. A lot of people need to watch some tape from the 70’s and 80’s so they can realize being nasty is part of basketball. After that play Scola finally woke up after sleep walking through the whole game. By the way, all local announcers in the NBA are awful. All bias towards the team they are calling the game for.

    • Justin - Feb 4, 2012 at 11:44 PM

      Good take. As a minnesota fan i just had to gripe about the local broadcasters because it was broadcast on FSN for us Northerners. To be honest I am really on the fence about it. Sometimes I watch it and it looks intentional. Then I re-watch it and it looks like his leg catches Scola’s arm when trying to step forward. Still haven’t made up my mind. I’m sure David Stern will tho.

      • danielcp0303 - Feb 4, 2012 at 11:54 PM

        I get on other broadcasters as well, so no biggy. I know ours are bad as well. Love and Scola have played each other really hard this season, just a few nights ago Scola threw the ball off of Love and it nailed him right in his man region. I just think after all the wrestling with each other and going back and forth, he just steps in Scola’s general region and it happened to be his face. I like it though, it’s the NBA. McHale was up on his feet yelling at the refs because of how soft the league is now, he was assaulting people many years ago on the court. If only Love had stepped on his face in the 1st quarter, we might’ve had a chance.

  8. jordannels - Feb 4, 2012 at 11:58 PM

    It sure looked like he stepped on his chest and not his face. It is inexcusable nonetheless.

  9. redbullenergydrink - Feb 5, 2012 at 12:30 AM

    Maybe everyone forgot about Scola throwing the ball at Love’s nuts from the last game in Houston.

  10. ravenscaps48 - Feb 5, 2012 at 1:14 AM

    Maybe it was retaliation for Scola absolutely DRILLING Kevin Love in the Balls last week on a keep in play from 3 feet of separation?…… There’s the link

  11. weaselpuppy - Feb 5, 2012 at 3:02 AM

    Scola is as soft as Pedobear. Someone has to take over the “drop to the floor like I was shanked in the prison shower” mantle from Ginobili while he is hurt I guess….I have more respect for “soccer flopper guy” than Euro flopper NBA guy by a large margin….

    Love, if this were the NFL, would be villified as the “dirtiest player in the league” and suspended 10 games…Good thing Stern isn’t near the Chavezian dictator as Herr Goodel…actually Stern is more Stalinistic…

    In fact, let’s match Suh up versus Love and the Felon formerly known as Ron Artest and see what happens…buncha whiny azz basketball pansies…

  12. papazoid - Feb 5, 2012 at 7:25 AM

    initially, love tried to step over scola. when scola put his arm up to protect himself, love clearly took advantage of that opportunity to intentionally step on him. there is bad blood history between these two, as scola hit him in the privates in their previous game.

  13. khuxford - Feb 5, 2012 at 9:12 AM

    I could see it going either way. It could very well be that he was at a point that, if he didn’t plant his foot somewhere, he was going to fall. It looks like the toe of the show caught his face, but most of the weight (from that plant, not his whole weight) went on the chest.

  14. andyo102 - Feb 5, 2012 at 9:38 AM

    def intentional. he could of easily went to the right and avoided him completely

  15. cobbiecobstone - Feb 5, 2012 at 11:36 AM

    People need to pay attention to what they are watching. He looked for a spot to step clear of Scola, as he was stepping Scolas arm hits his foot into his face. I think the bigger story here should be 2 flops in less then 30 seconds.

  16. rnorthboy - Feb 5, 2012 at 12:52 PM

    he knew who to step on. step on any other hard nose nba player; the shoe would have been on love’s face. best rebounder in the nba. but the biggest coward in the nba after that play.

  17. 1972wasalongtimeago - Feb 6, 2012 at 12:20 AM

    Curb stomp a guy during an NBA game? No problem. As long as he doesn’t partake in an over-the-top press conference, he can commit felonious acts all he wants and he’ll be considered a good guy who respects the game and plays it the right way.

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