By Shannon Corrigan
The NBA league office suspended Timberwolves' forward, Kevin Love, after stepping on Houston Rockets' Luis Scolas' face and chest.
Love, the team's leading rebounder and scorer, will miss the Timberwolves next two games for pushing, then stomping Rockets' forward Luis Scola in the third quarter at the Target Center, reports the New York Times. Although no foul was called, suspicion arose following the game as to whether the incident was intentional.
"He was kind of right there," Love told the Star Tribune. "I have size19 feet. He just happened to be there. I had nowhere to go. I kind of tripped up. I just had nowhere to step. It was a heat-of-the-moment type play. He was there and I happened to be his face."
Love apologized personally to Scola after the game, saying his actions were not intentional. The NBA upgraded the foul Monday to a Flagrant 2 foul on Love, reports the New York Times.
"I just don't care about the play, the game is over," Scola told the Star Tribune, who added that he didn't know if the step was intentional or not. "I was just really surprised. ... I'm talking about the play. I think he wanted to foul me, and I don't know why the ref didn't call it."