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.
If you're watching that Kevin Love fall, make sure you have the mute button ON.— Leigh Ellis (@LeighEllis) February 5, 2014
Basically Love ran into a brick wall (Sacre) and then landed directly on his back after he had left his feet. And he's up now. Tough dude.— NBA Guru (@NBAGuru) February 5, 2014
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.
Love staying in to take the free throws but he looks uncomfortable out there. Surprised he wasn't evaluated for a concussion.— Jeff Stotts (@RotowireATC) February 5, 2014
The fact that Love is still in this game is ridiculous.— Kirk Goldsberry (@kirkgoldsberry) February 5, 2014
Amazingly, he actually managed to play some solid defense.
LOVE IS STILL DEFENDING. WELL.— Hardwood Paroxysm (@HPbasketball) February 5, 2014
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.
Kevin Love is limping pretty noticeably and was clutching his lower back with his left hand the last possession.— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) February 5, 2014
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.
Adelman on Love: "He works his tail off. As long as he said he could go the last three mins (I was going to play him). #Twolves— Timberwolves PR (@Twolves_PR) February 5, 2014
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.
It's a final: Wolves 109, Lakers 99. KMartin scores 32, Love has 31 and 17, surpasses KG with 25th 30-15 game, most in franchise history.— Jerry Zgoda (@JerryZgoda) February 5, 2014
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.