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Monday, February 6, 2012
Kevin Love suspended, but back for Mavs

By Jeff Caplan


Minnesota Timberwolves forward and Dallas Mavericks tormentor Kevin Love was suspended for two games today by the league office for stepping on Rockets forward Luis Scola as he lay on the floor during Saturday's Wolves win.

That takes Love, averaging 25.0 points and 13.7 rebounds, out of action for a back-to-back set Tuesday and Wednesday against the Kings and Grizzlies.

That puts Love back in action on Friday night when the Mavs return to the Target Center for the first time since absorbing a 15-0 run to end their 99-82 loss on New Year's Day.

Worse for the Mavs is Love will have had plenty of time to rest.

Love has put up strong numbers against Dallas, averaging 28.0 points and 14.0 rebounds. The Mavs haven't figured out how to defend him inside or outside. Love has hit 9-of-12 from beyond the arc and is shooting 56.3 percent overall in the two games, both Minnesota victories by a combined 32 points.

Worse, Love will have had plenty of time to rest.