Minnesota Timberwolves guard JJ Barea was ejected from Monday night’s game against the Miami Heat after he needlessly shoved Ray Allen while the 37-year-old was trying to get around him
Barea, who stands at all of six feet tall and resembles most standard lawn gnomes, did what he did as retribution for Allen purportedly elbowing him earlier. Officials didn’t see it that way, though. Barea was handed a flagrant 2 for his troubles and swiftly removed from the game.
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Miami ultimately won this one 97-81.
“Yeah, I thought it was a bush-league move by Barea, just kind of leveling me like that,” Allen told NBA TV’s Brent Barry after the fact (via LBS).
“I don’t care who you are in the league, you’ve got to defend yourself. You play the game the right way and I try to do that in my career. He got ejected for I think due purpose.”