J.J. Barea isn't about to change. Even if it means getting tossed from a game every now and then. "I'm gonna play the game I was raised to play," Barea said. "I care a lot. I compete. I'm gonna get mad if stuff doesn't go my way." A prolonged argument with officials saw Barea receive two technical fouls and an automatic ejection with 6 minutes, 43 seconds remaining in Minnesota's loss Saturday at Atlanta. After practice Monday afternoon -- the Timberwolves were off Sunday following back-to-back games -- he said his frustration stemmed from a couple of foul calls he felt should've gone the other way. It was the first booting of a Minnesota player since Barea's flagrant foul-2 against Miami's Ray Allen last March. Later downgraded to a flagrant 1, that was the only other ejection of Barea's career. Earlier this season, Kevin Love called out Barea and teammate Dante Cunningham for not joining the team late during a timeout. On another occasion, Love publicly chastised the entire bench for not carrying its share of the load. Both times, Barea told reporters he didn't appreciate the way it was handled. Yet he says his fire, though it can sometimes spread too wildly, isn't going anywhere. "I just got a little frustrated with a couple calls," said Barea, who also apologized and said he moved on from the minor Love spats. "The first technical was fine, but I should've stopped after the first one. I think I was frustrated when I got back to the locker room; I let my teammates down a little bit, getting that second one." They were Barea's first two technical fouls of the year. He's up to 17 for his career -- six last season.
Barea's fire continues to rage
Fox Sports North | Feb 4