Issues will not be going properly for the Minnesota Timberwolves of their last regular-season sport in opposition to the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday.
Moments after Rudy Gobert was despatched house by the crew for punching teammate Kyle Anderson, ahead Jaden McDaniels determined to take his frustrations in the game out on a wall whereas strolling down the tunnel.
That transfer resulted in him leaving the remainder of the sport with a proper hand harm.
It is unknown what precisely McDaniels was mad about – the Timberwolves have been down 55-47 on the finish of the primary half – however he clearly wasn’t comfortable when he determined to punch an object that wasn’t going to offer any cushion.
The Timberwolves did not present an replace on the precise harm for McDaniels.
Within the case of Gobert, he and Anderson bought right into a heated alternate on the bench throughout a timeout within the first half. Issues reached one other stage when Gobert determined to step ahead and punch Anderson within the chest.
Taurean Prince jumped from his seat and pushed Gobert away from the state of affairs as different Timberwolves gamers and employees bought in the midst of each gamers.
Gobert was seen happening the Timberwolves’ tunnel, and he by no means returned to the sport because the crew did not simply make him wait within the locker room for the sport to finish – they despatched him out of the sector altogether.
These incidents could not come at a worse time for Minnesota; a win in opposition to the Pelicans would enhance their seeding within the Western Convention forward of the NBA play-in match.
Coming into the sport, the Pelicans have been simply forward of the Timberwolves within the eighth seed, however a win for the ‘Wolves would put them in that place.
Why does that matter?
Effectively, the No. 8 seed within the play-in match has no less than two alternatives to solidify a seed within the first spherical, both the No. 7 or No. 8. Residence-court benefit would additionally come into query, relying on the seeding.
Nonetheless, if the ‘Wolves stayed within the No. 9 seed, they have to win two video games to achieve the first round of the playoffs.
Both approach, the Timberwolves will probably be enjoying basketball previous Sunday, which supplies these two incidents horrible timing at crucial second of the season.