The floor never likes losing to NBA players, and it proved that once more when Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love took a nasty spill during the fourth quarter of Tuesday night's contest against the Los Angeles Lakers.
While driving the lane, Love collided with Robert Sacre and couldn't stop his limbs from flailing in every direction possible. With his leg kicking up in the air, the power forward went down hard until his lower regions made hard contact with the hard(er)wood.
Fortunately, it appears as though the Minnesota superstar avoided any serious injury that could have occurred from whiplash or the back of his head hitting the floor. He actually came back into the game for his free-throw attempts and remained to help the 'Wolves hold off the Lakers.
Amazingly, he actually managed to play some solid defense.
Even more amazing, that's something he normally doesn't do.
That said, Love was noticeably hurt before limping to the bench and letting Luc Richard Mbah a Moute close out the game for Minnesota.
Assuming there are no lasting repercussions—and there could be from a fall that hard—you have to be impressed with Love's intensity and ability to shove aside the pain. Actually, you can be impressed regardless of his long-term health, though we should all be hoping for the best.
Here's hoping that pun was intentional.
The power forward may not have been on the court to finish the 10-point victory, but he did post yet another monster double-double. It was his league-leading 41st, as he finished with 31 points, 17 rebounds and three assists. And that wasn't the only piece of history he made during the successful outing.
The double-double won't be remembered, though.
It's the fall that will be the lasting memory from this game. And even more so, the fact that Love got up.