Posted March 04, 2013

Timberwolves’ J.J. Barea ejected for flagrant bump on Heat’s Ray Allen

Ben Golliver, J.J. Barea, Miami Heat, Minnesota Timberwolves, Ray Allen

By Ben Golliver

Timberwolves guard J.J. Barea was assessed a flagrant foul 2 and ejected after using his chest to bump Ray Allen during a 97-81 loss to the Heat on Monday night.

With a little more than eight minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, and the Heat leading 76-70, Barea defended Allen on the ball just outside the three-point line. After flopping back when Allen used his left arm to clear him off of the ball, Barea recovered to meet Allen on a drive, bumping Allen directly with his chest as he attacked the basket, knocking the Heat guard to the floor. The foul sparked a brief exchange of words between members of the two teams, as Allen’s Heat teammates came to his defense.

The referees reviewed the foul and deemed it worth of the flagrant 2, a designation that applies for fouls that are deemed both “unnecessary and excessive” and requires an automatic ejection. Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman was incensed by the decision. Barea departed with four points (on one-for-11 shooting), four rebounds and four assists in 22 minutes.

Like all flagrant fouls, Barea’s will be reviewed by the NBA league office, which has the authority to tack on an additional suspension or fine (or reduce the foul from a flagrant 2 to a flagrant 1). Barea has also been warned and fined for violating the NBA’s anti-flopping policy this season.

CBSSports.com reported Barea’s reaction to the flagrant foul 2 ruling, which he deemed unwarranted.

Said Barea: “He hit me with an elbow almost close to my neck. That’s part of the game, and then I just gave him a bump back. I’ve been playing in the NBA for seven years. I’ve been hit. I get hit harder than that every night. I don’t get up crying, wanting to fight. [Andrew] Bynum almost knocked me out for the rest of my life. I didn’t get up crying. You know? It’s a little bump, so it’s part of the game. Don’t be like that. That’s why the refs got all upset about it, but it’s just a little bump.

“That was terrible,” he said. “I get hit harder than that every night in the NBA.”

Dwyane Wade led the Heat with 32 points (on 15-for-23 shooting), 10 assists and seven rebounds in 38 minutes. Derrick Williams led the Timberwolves with 25 points (on 10-for-22 shooting) and 10 rebounds in 45 minutes. Miami improved to 44-14 with its franchise-record 15th straight win; Minnesota fell to 20-37 with its sixth straight loss.

Video via Telly user CJ Fogler | Hat tip: @CJZero

10 comments
stw_smf
stw_smf

That was simply a matter of refs playing favorites to the Heat.  And Allen getting in all bent because a defender got physical back?  Get over it, Ray.

FreeBrainSurf
FreeBrainSurf

Pft... Those NBA refs would probably be  really good  ballet critics or something!!!Barea just stood its ground... Barea is constantly been shoved by veterans and others,,, As a small player, he just moves fast, gets in front and uses his stockiness to stand its ground... (That almost wasn't even a foul)...

 

*** If you think that was even a flagrant one... Maybe uniforms should incorporate "TUTUS" ...

tigertie1
tigertie1

How did he get ejected for that soft foul???

KenOlson
KenOlson

Barea's little tirade after getting ejected speaks volumes.  No class.  He's a convicted flopper, and it's nice to see him get knocked down a few pegs.

JamesM316
JamesM316

Basketball is supposed to have an element of physicality! Berea shouldn't have been ejected, and Ray is someone I have followed since college but lets be real here just play ball n keep it movin! who cares about numbers its about your effort man... who r u? im no expert but u can make a difference on the defensive side of the court 4rebs 4 assist isn't that worth something??? Yes it is... God Bless to everyone :)

ArwynBrach
ArwynBrach

Btw-nice shot selection 1/11... You're a real difference maker.

ArwynBrach
ArwynBrach

Youre a chump....ray should kick your ass.

RossOrion
RossOrion

 @FreeBrainSurf you called Barea "it" twice in that comment.....you really he's male right? on a more related note i agree it was unnecessary and excessive for him to be ejected especially after Ibaka was allowed to play on when he pretty clearly junk punched Blake Griffin

JamesM316
JamesM316

Said Barea: “He hit me with an elbow almost close to my neck. That’s part of the game, and then I just gave him a bump back. I’ve been playing in the NBA for seven years. I’ve been hit. I get hit harder than that every night. I don’t get up crying, wanting to fight. [Andrew] Bynum almost knocked me out for the rest of my life. I didn’t get up crying. You know? It’s a little bump, so it’s part of the game. Don’t be like that. That’s why the refs got all upset about it, but it’s just a little bump.

“That was terrible,” he said. “I get hit harder than that every night in the NBA.”

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