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J.J. Barea ejected after shove, altercation with Ray Allen (VIDEO)

Mar 5, 2013, 1:21 AM EDT

Minnesota’s J.J. Barea was ejected from his team’s loss to the Heat Monday night when he essentially ran up and checked Ray Allen to the ground. Which it turns out is illegal in basketball (for those of you, fans and media alike, who struggle with the differences between hockey and basketball).

The play started with Ray Allen trying to create some space for himself out high and pushing the smaller Barea back. My first impression is Barea (who  has been fined by the NBA for flopping this season) was trying to sell that a little with his reaction. But he apparently took offense and charged Allen and knocked him to the ground. The foul was called, Allen popped back up ready to go and words were exchanged. Notice that Chris Andersen is the first person in as the peacemaker, just as you would expect.

The referees gave Barea a flagrant two foul, which means they saw it as “unnecessary and excessive,” and that foul means automatic ejection. After reviewing the play, the call stood. Barea said after the game Ray Allen was overreacting, according to the Star-Tribune.

“I’ve been playing in the NBA seven years,” Barea said. “I get hit harder than that every night. I don’t get up crying, I don’t want to fight. Bynum almost knocked me out for the rest of my life. I didn’t get up crying. It was just a little bump, it’s part of the game. Don’t be like that.”

Unless the league comes in and changes the call to a flagrant one — which seems unlikely after watching the play — it will mean at least a one game suspension for Barea.

  1. albertmn - Mar 5, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    What likely incense Adelman as much as anything was the disparity of when calls are made. A little over a week ago, when playing the Warriors, Jarrett Jack didn’t like a hard foul by Stiemsma, so Jack throws a forearm/elbow directly into the chest of Stiemsma, while play was stopped, right in front of all the refs, and no call at all was made (much less an ejection). You could see Adelman making a motion like throwing a forearm while arguing the call.

    I truly believe that fans, coaches, players, everyone would be able to adjust to however you want to call it, but it is the inconsistency in officiating in any sport that drives everyone crazy. The NBA may be a little worse than some other sports though, when you have the “he won’t get that call until he is a bigger star” syndrome.

  2. drewzducks - Mar 5, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    When did Andrew Bynum play in the NBA?

  3. pacific123ocean - Mar 5, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    Terrible call! If the NBA doesn’t reduce this to a flagrant 1, it is setting up a a bad precedent.

  4. miamatt - Mar 5, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    As a Heat fan I would not have been enraged had this been a simple flagrant 1, but hard to argue against a flagrant 2. I agree that the timing made the hit look worse than it was, but that’s precisely why rules are in place to protect players- people can get hurt when guys make a hard foul at the wrong time. It’s one thing to get hurt on a basketball play, it’s another thing to get hurt because some guy decided he wants to check you into the boards. What isn’t up for debate is that Barea did not make any sort of basketball play whatsoever, he just got low and threw his chest into Ray Allen.

  5. rodge1 - Mar 5, 2013 at 12:12 PM


    You could also say Barea’s reaction single-handedly made it a 12-point deficit.

    • miamatt - Mar 5, 2013 at 3:15 PM

      Spot on. Barea lost his composure and then the rest of the TWolves followed suit. It’s part of what makes a bad team bad.

      The kickout that got called on the 3-point attempt was an obvious call and has been a point of emphasis for officials of late. The charge was the right call as well. You wanna say the Barea should have stayed in the game with a flagrant 1, fine. Everything that happened after that is on the Wolves.

      • pacific123ocean - Mar 5, 2013 at 4:47 PM

        What makes the T-Wolves a bad team is that they are playing a bunch of guys that have no business in the NBA.

        If Wolves had the guys they expected to have…Love, Kirilenko, Pekovic, Budinger…your statement about losing composure would hold more weight. But, in this case, that made no difference in losing the game.

      • 1972wasalongtimeago - Mar 5, 2013 at 5:53 PM

        Miamatt is the truth

      • miamatt - Mar 5, 2013 at 5:56 PM

        Yes, the T-Wolves are obviously a team beset by injuries to their core players, and the Heat are just much better in any case.

        But I can’t imagine you actually watched that game and said that “made no difference in losing the game”. Miami led throughout, yes, but Minnesota kept making runs to get within 5-6 pts, as was the case at the time Barea did what he did. From there it was a rap- Minny imploded and the Heat took advantage. That was the moment the game became a full-on blowout.

        To be fair, Miami probably wins either way, so in that sense you are correct. But Minny had been hanging tough up until that point in the game.

  6. fnc111 - Mar 5, 2013 at 2:37 PM


    That’s the referee that gets in the middle of it, not Birdman! Get yo glasses out foo.

    • Kurt Helin - Mar 5, 2013 at 7:56 PM

      I’ve watched the video and seen the pics, Birdman is in soon, too.

  7. drewvt6 - Mar 5, 2013 at 3:20 PM

    Barea has been pulling punk moves like this since college. I remember watching him sucker punch a player in the back of the head then run away like he didn’t do anything.

    • pacific123ocean - Mar 5, 2013 at 4:43 PM

      You may not like Barea, but you really should find a better reason. Because, the reality is that tempers do flare, and punches do get thrown in basketball. Barea is NOT the only player to have thrown a punch in a basketball game.

  8. Chris Fiorentino - Mar 5, 2013 at 5:53 PM

    “Unless the league comes in and changes the call to a flagrant one — which seems unlikely after watching the play — it will mean at least a one game suspension for Barea.”


  9. badintent - Mar 5, 2013 at 6:11 PM

    The funny part was that foul was EXACTLY the same way Bryum punked him ….IN THE AIR .. back in the day 2 years ago in the Finals.. KARMA. GOTTA LET THE LITTLE GUYS HAVE A POKE FROM TIME TO TIME TOO.

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