Barea's flagrant foul downgraded
Updated On: Mar 06 2013 12:08:01 PM CST
The NBA on Tuesday downgraded Timberwolves guard J.J. Barea’s flagrant foul incurred during Monday’s loss to Miami, just as he predicted it would. The decision by the league office never will bring back the eight minutes Barea missed at the end of Monday’s game. That’s when he was automatically ejected after officials reviewed a play in which Barea threw himself into Heat guard Ray Allen and determined it a flagrant foul type 2, the more severe of two kinds of flagrant fouls. On Tuesday, the NBA changed it to a type 1, which means only that it will save Barea some money and take the type 2 penalty off his record. “It’s all good now,” Barea said after practice Tuesday. The Wolves trailed 76-70 with 8:09 left when Barea was ejected. Less than three minutes later, they trailed 86-71. “It doesn’t change the course of the game last night, which is the unfortunate thing,” Wolves coach Rick Adelman said Tuesday. “At least they did change it. … The game changed when all that happened. We were still down six. Could we have caught them? I don’t know. The subsequent calls after that changed the course of the game. You’ve got to move on. That’s the way it is.” Barea had made one of 11 shots when he was ejected. “I wasn’t that mad,” Barea said. “The way I was shooting it last night, I was like, ‘Get me out of here.’ They did me a favor.”
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