The NBA officially wrapped up the regular season on Sunday, and fans had plenty of reasons to deploy the “THIS LEAGUE!” meme thanks to what transpired on the final day of play.
A number of contests could be described as a “chipper affair” thanks to the tensions that repeatedly boiled over thanks in no small part to the internal friction that spawned some very juicy drama.
The Clippers got in on the action courtesy of Mason Plumlee and Bones Hyland, as the two teammates got into a brief scuffle during their showdown with the Suns.
Mason Plumlee and Bones Hyland got into it on the Clippers bench. pic.twitter.com/q9OqienLLt
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) April 9, 2023
However, that had nothing on what unfolded when the Timberwolves and the Pelicans faced off in Minnesota.
The T-Wolves were able to punch their ticket to the play-in tournament but will be without the services of Jaden McDaniels, who broke his hand after punching a wall in frustration following a foul call.
That transpired shortly after Rudy Gobert threw a punch of his own at Kyle Anderson, which didn’t result in any physical damage but seems like it could have some wide-reaching implications going forward based on what the latter had to say after getting clocked by his own teammate.
Kyle Anderson and Rudy Gobert had to be separated after a heated altercation during a timeout. pic.twitter.com/HVuPNdjrxs
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) April 9, 2023
That development gave Draymond Green the chance to get some sweet, sweet revenge more than six months in the making, as the Warriors star posted the following message on Twitter shortly after the Gobert-Anderson incident transpired.
Insecurity is always loud…
— Draymond Green (@Money23Green) April 9, 2023
If that message seems familiar, it’s because Gobert posted the exact same thing after a video of Green clocking Jordan Poole at practice surfaced back in October.
Insecurity is always loud.
— Rudy Gobert (@rudygobert27) October 7, 2022
Minnesota will get the chance to bounce back from that snafu when they face off against the Lakers on Tuesday night, but you have to imagine LeBron James and Co. are going to head into that contest feeling like they have an edge against a Timberwolves squad that appears to be dealing with a fractured locker room (and a player who won’t be available thanks to a literal fracture).