Normally, you’d see players checking each other during a hockey game – not a basketball game. Jeff Teague got a bit confused on Friday night.
Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jeff Teague, during a frustrating exchange with Utah Jazz guard Ricky Rubio, let his emotions get the best of him on Friday night. Teague, who isn’t known as a dirty player, pulled one of the dirtier moves we’ve seen in the NBA this season.
After Rubio forced Teague into a bad shot, Teague raced down the floor after him and flat-out checked him into the bench area. Teague’s move led to both teams briefly scuffling before the refs could break it up.
Here’s video, via ESPN. Jae Crowder confronts Teague afterwards, but it doesn’t look like any punches were thrown.
Jeff Teague gets ejected after hip-checking Ricky Rubio. pic.twitter.com/z0ClZn1eya
— ESPN (@espn) March 3, 2018
Not real sure what Jeff Teague was doing there. Pretty bullshit play on his part to just hip check Rubio.
— Sam Vecenie (@Sam_Vecenie) March 3, 2018
Here’s a longer video, showing Rubio’s defensive play before the cheap shot:
Jeff Teague with a cheap shot to Ricky Rubio, and Jae Crowder and the rest of the Jazz wanted to handle Teague. pic.twitter.com/AFlmLXIb4m
— Andrew Jerell Jones (@sluggahjells) March 3, 2018
Crowder and injured Timberwolves star Jimmy Butler – who played together at Marquette – actually got into it on Twitter after the whole fiasco too.
Jae get away from my coach. You don’t want no smoke either
— Jimmy Butler (@JimmyButler) March 3, 2018
I DONT TWITTER BEEF ILL LEAVE THAT TO U.. BUT U GOT MY PHONE NUMBER AND KNOW MY HOME ADDRESS..!! THE REST CAN BE HISTORY ?? https://t.co/FGDRYnYyg5
— JAE CROWDER (@CJC9BOSS) March 3, 2018
We’re sure there’s more to this story – even if this was an overreaction from Teague, there has to be something that triggered it beyond frustrating defense from Rubio. Perhaps we’ll learn more in the coming hours.