Love returns from 2-game suspension
Kevin Love’s return from a two-game suspension means the
Minnesota Timberwolves are regaining their leading scorer and
rebounder, and losing a 6-foot-9 cheerleader.
Love was suspended for stepping on Rockets forward Luis Scola
last weekend. He missed a win over Sacramento on Tuesday and a loss
at Memphis, reducing the two-time All-Star to a role he wasn’t used
to playing while he watched the games from his couch at his
downtown Minneapolis home.
”I felt like I almost needed some pom-poms I was cheering so
loud,” Love said on Friday morning after the team’s shootaround in
preparation for the game against Dallas on Friday night.
Love is averaging 25 points and 13.7 rebounds this season. He
also leads the NBA with 39.4 minutes per game. Rookie Derrick
Williams started in Love’s place the previous two games and
delivered two solid performances, but certainly not to the level
the Wolves expect from Love.
Williams had 14 points and eight rebounds and hit a crucial
3-pointer down the stretch to help the Wolves beat the Kings and
had 13 points and nine rebounds in the loss to the Grizzlies.
”It was very tough. I was sitting on my couch tweeting,” Love
said. ”I felt a little bit helpless. I wasn’t able to go out there
and help those guys win and I wasn’t able to make plays for them.
I’m looking forward to getting back on the court and back to
And the Wolves can’t wait to see their leader back out there
”It’s great,” center Nikola Pekovic said. ”We missed him
these two games. In the first one we succeeded without him but in
the second game you saw that we really miss him. I’m happy to have
Love was named a Western Conference All-Star on Thursday. Last
year he was named as an injury replacement to Yao Ming. This time
around, he made it in without any help.
”I’ve had a great season thus far. I attribute that a lot to
the coaching staff and my teammates and my coaches in helping me
through the season,” Love said. ”To me, it’s definitely a big
deal seeing my name at the top of everybody’s list, so I was very
happy about that because I’ve put in a lot of work in these first 3
1/2 seasons and I don’t have any intentions on stopping.”
Three years ago, former Timberwolves center Al Jefferson went
down with a knee injury just before the All-Star break. He said he
threw one of his shoes through a flat-screen television while
watching his teammates play without him.
Love’s television survived his brief time away. But the same
couldn’t be said for his sound system.
”I did actually break some speakers,” Love said. ”I turned it
on really loud on the last play (during the Kings game). The two
speakers in my kitchen broke. They’re repaired today. Don’t worry
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