In yesterday's meeting between the New Orleans Pelicans and Minnesota Timberwolves, play was stopped with 41.6 seconds remaining in the second quarter. Ryan Anderson was whistled for a foul call after it appeared Kevin Garnett attempted to make contact with Anderson's face region with an intentional clothesline. Incredibly, the referees decided to not penalize Garnett, even following an NBA review in Secaucus.
Have a look at the footage for yourselves below. In this day and age where the slightest unnecessary contact with accompanying malicious intent is normally frowned upon and punished, it's puzzling why this non-basketball play went exempt.
Interestingly, this footage was not the first attempt by Garnett to exact some harm on Anderson because seconds prior, KG threw an elbow into Anderson's hip as he was getting back on defense. Since Garnett's contact resulted in just a glancing blow, he likely decided the elbow to Anderson's face was necessary in addendum.
By now, I'm sure everyone is wondering why Garnett was so adamant to inflict violence upon Anderson. Sure enough, Anderson had done something that Garnett was not a fan of. On the previous possession, Anderson had created separation from Garnett with a push off.
KG being KG, obviously took offense to the physical play and felt compelled to not only respond but also raise the ante, as he's done countless of other times throughout his long career. Apparently, he's not interested in softening his image over the remainder of his career just yet, or maybe never, a la Kobe Bryant has during his well-publicized farewell to the NBA season.