NBA downgrades J.J. Barea’s flagrant foul on Ray Allen
J.J. Barea body checked Ray Allen to the floor with self-imposed justice (although the Allen may have used his acting skills to sell the hard foul), after he thought that the Miami Heat sharpshooter should have been called for an offensive foul seconds earlier. Ray Allen quickly jumped up from the floor and got into J.J. Barea’s face. While Ray Allen and J.J. Barea threw verbal jabs at each other, nothing physical ensued as they were timely restrained.
J.J. Barea was slapped with a flagrant foul through and ejected from the game with 8:08 remaining in the fourth quarter. The Minnesota Timberwolves were trailing by six points at that point, but the Miami Heat responded with a 17-5 run down the stretch to set a franchise record with their 15th consecutive win (97-81) Monday night.
Although J.J. Barea was shooting a dismal 1-of-11 from the field and joked he was done a “favor” by being ejected from Monday’s game, Minnesota Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman still had issues with the flagrant foul 2 given to J.J. Barea and a couple of calls after it as well.
"I'm just wondering what is the criteria here? What are you guys looking at over there?" Rick Adelman said of the call made against J.J. Barea Monday night. "We can't go near it, so I don't know what they're looking at. They obviously made a judgment and it's unfortunate."
After reviewing the play, the NBA didn’t consider J.J. Barea fouled Ray Allen in an “unnecessary and excessive” way, and hence downgraded his flagrant foul 2 to a flagrant foul 1 on Tuesday. This means J.J. Barea is no longer liable to a fine or suspension. The 28-year-old J.J. Barea was pleased with the NBA’s review of the ruling on Tuesday.
"The NBA did a good job looking at it," J.J. Barea said after practice. "It wasn't that bad. It's all right."
J.J. Barea continued to criticize Ray Allen for over-reacting on the play.
“I’ve been playing in the NBA seven years. I get hit harder than that every night. I don’t get up crying,” said J.J. Barea. “I don’t want to fight. [Andrew] 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.”
Ray Allen wasn’t afraid exhchage verbal blows with J.J. Barea even a day after the game, calling his shove on the play as “uncalled for.”
“There’s no place for that in this game.That’s not the type of player I am. I’ve never been a trash talker. I don’t really need to resort to those type measures,” said Ray Allen on Tuesday. “To continue to go on like that, you’re not scaring me, you’re not going to force me to back down from you.”