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    Love's apology and Lee to NBADL


    Love apologized to Scola both after the game and in a statement issued by the team on Monday following the suspension, and said he has to do a better job handling his emotions.

    "I don't want to be known for that," Love said after practice. "I want to be known as a stand-up guy who happened to make a mistake with a size 19 shoe and just move on. So everybody knows there were no ill intentions there."

    He will miss Tuesday's game against Sacramento and Wednesday's game at Memphis as the Timberwolves (12-12) look to climb above .500 for the first time this season.

    Love I don't want to be known for that. I want to be known as a stand-up guy who happened to make a mistake with a size 19 shoe and just move on. So everybody knows there were no ill intentions there.
    -- Kevin Love on Luis Scola incident

    Love is averaging 25.0 points and 13.7 rebounds per game and leads the NBA with 39.4 minutes per game. The All-Star forward was contrite on Monday, saying he thought the suspension from NBA executive vice president of basketball operations Stu Jackson "was warranted."

    "It's been a chippy year," Love said. "It's not only us. It's not only the Pacers, the Rockets or anything like that. It's a lot of games. The guys are tired. Games are being drawn out and guys are worn down.

    "For me and for us, it's no different. And also for the refs as well. They've got to go over film just like we do, maybe even more. So you've got to respect them and got to respect what they do."

    Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman said he has spoken with Love and the rest of his young team about playing through any perceived mistreatment from the other team or the officials.

    Adelman did wonder how Jackson landed on two games as proper punishment.

    "Do I think it's fair? No. Absolutely (not)," Adelman said. "I don't know the reasoning. They don't tell you the reasoning. I don't know the reasoning why two games. They haven't said anything. You've just got to move on."

    The 23-year-old Love, who recently signed a four-year extension worth more than $60 million, has been barking at the officials most of the season.

    Adelman said he saw Love get upset with no-calls on two straight possessions before the run-in with Scola "and it led to the incident."

    "You've got to play through," Adelman said. "Play with emotion, but you've got to play through it and not let it affect what happens on the court."

    Adelman didn't say who would start in Love's place against the Kings, but Derrick Williams and Anthony Tolliver figure to see a lot more time. Williams, the No. 2 overall pick, has had a tough time getting settled into a role with the Wolves.

    He has played just 37 minutes combined in the last four games and tweeted on Saturday "anybody ever felt like a caged lion?"

    "I guess it's just patience and hopefully I pick up (Adelman's) trust and have the ball in my hands more often," Williams said. "I kind of feel like it's just a lack of confidence, not in myself, but him in me being in that position. I've just got to earn his trust."

    Separately, the Timberwolves sent rookie G Malcolm Lee to Sioux Falls of the NBDL for what essentially is a rehab assignment. The second-round pick has not played this year after having surgery on a torn meniscus in his left knee.

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    Lee plays tonight, Ill try to remember to post stats and any other info


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