Kevin Love has been suspended by the NBA for stepping on the face of Luis Scola of the Houston Rockets. The incident occurred on Saturday night after several rounds of rough play between the two. Love will miss Tuesday nights home game versus the Kinds and Wednesday night’s road game at the Grizzlies. This is a disappointing decision by the NBA, it looked very questionable on if it was intentional. If anything, the league should suspend the referees who blew several calls on the previous couple of plays by not calling what were clearly fouls. Besides, after looking at Scola for an entire game, who wouldn’t want to step on his face. Just saying. Imagine if Scola played in the 50′s and 60′s. Bob Pettit would have undercut him and put him out of the game by the end of the first half. Old men in business suits would have been bellering from the rafters, “Get a haircut ya hippie!” Then they all would have gotten buzzcut-flattops the next day at Dave’s Barber shop.
On a more positive note, ESPN just released it’s weekly NBA Power Rankings today. The Timberwolves ranked 12th overall, something that seemed unthinkable when the season started. The team has a .500 record for the first time this late in a season since Kevin Garnett’s last season with the Timberwolves (’06-’07).
It’s time for Michael Beasley to step up in the next 2 games. If the Timberwolves are to invest any kind of a multi-year contract in Beasley this off season, these are the games that will prove his worth. Can he be a leader while Love is out? When things aren’t going well for Beasley or the team, this is the time for him to keep his cool and step up. These games might go a long way in determining if Bease has any long term future with the team. Keep an eye on Derrick Williams and Anthony Randolph as well. Williams has a longer leash at this point, but Randolph is almost in a similar situation to Beasley where he must prove his worth in a contract year.