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Barea: “I Don’t Care Who Makes the Playoffs”
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On April 13, 2013 @ 8:25 am In Headlines,NBA Headlines | No Comments
The Wolves won’t make the playoffs, but they sampled a taste for it Friday in a fourth-quarter that turned contentious when Jazz fans got loud and mercilessly booed guard J.J. Barea for his effective, instigating play (23 points off the bench) that drew a flagrant foul from Utah forward Derrick Favors when Favors knocked Barea to the floor with a forearm strike in the fourth quarter.
The ensuing two free throws helped the Wolves turn a 97-90 deficit with 5:19 remaining into a very brief 98-97 lead with 3:52 left.
If one didn’t know better, you’d swear Barea was playing like he doesn’t want the Lakers to make the playoffs. There’s a bunch of instant Wolves fans in Los Angeles these days now that the Wolves play the Jazz twice in four days while the Lakers try to hold on to that final playoff spot.
“I’m just trying to win a game,” said Barea, who played some fierce playoff games against the Lakers when he was with Dallas. “I don’t care who makes the playoffs. I’m just trying to win a game.”
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