The Minnesota Timberwolves had a much-needed victory slip through their hands on Sunday afternoon as they lost by 16 points to to the Sacramento Kings. The mid-game happenings might have been even worse, however, as Kevin Love and J.J. Barea nearly got into a bit of a scuffle on the bench with the game out of reach.
It isn't supposed to happen, especially with the team's star player, so thankfully cooler heads prevailed as Luke Ridnour and Martell Webster moved the two players to their respective corners. Still, stuff like that isn't supposed to happen -- especially on the bench and especially involving the team's best player.
Both players talked to the Star Tribune's Jerry Zgoda about the incident after the game.
"Part of the game, competitors trying to win," Barea said. "We're frustrated that we're losing, but it happens, every basketball team. We just got into it. It's all right. He said something I didn't like, I said it back and we're all good. Nothing against him."
"It's nothing personal with J.J.," Love said. "I think we're both frustrated and we took it out on each other when we should have taken it out on the other team. That was both of our mistake, both of our bad."
Hopefully it doesn't happen again.