When you think of enforcers in the NBA, you don’t think of JJ Barea.  However, the undersized point guard channeled his inner cheap-shot artist on Monday night.

The Miami Heat beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 97-81 on Monday night.  The victory extends Miami’s winning streak to 15 games.  T’Wolves point guard JJ Barea was ejected during the game for clobbering Ray Allen.

Miami was leading 76-70 with just over eight minutes left in the game when JJ Barea did his impression of an NFL linebacker on Allen.  Barea was frustrated and simply knocked Allen over when he was driving to the hoop.


This was an incredibly stupid move by Barea.  You’re going to get ejected for knocking a guy over because you’re frustrated?  It was a six-point game in the 4th quarter.  That’s simply selfish and stupid.

The words of the color commentator are even dumber.  “To me, it’s a semi-flop by Allen.  It wasn’t a dirty play.”  Huh?  Take off your homer glasses, dude.  A semi-flop by Allen?  He literally got knocked over.  It wasn’t a dirty play?  What part about hitting a player as he drives to the bucket is clean?  This isn’t football.  That’s brutal analysis.

Barea deserved to be ejected.  A Flagrant 2 foul is contact that is aggressive and excessive.  Check and check.  Guilty on both counts.  See ya, JJ.  Hit the showers early, bud.  Check out the Los Angeles Lakers at the Oklahoma City Thunder tonight at 9:30pm ET.  Pregame coverage begins at 8:30pm tonight on 104.5 The Team, ESPN Radio.

Brian Noe is the Brand Manager at 104.5 The Team, ESPN Radio in Albany, NY.  Brian also hosts “The Noe Show” weekdays from 1-3 pm ET on WTMM.