If only Timberwolves backup center Greg Stiemsma could have agitated Golden State guard Jarrett Jack a little more.
Jack led Golden State with 23 points off the bench Sunday, Feb. 24, in the Warriors' 100-99 win over the Timberwolves at Target Center, but the seven-year veteran came close to not finishing the game.
Jack was given a Flagrant Foul Penalty 1 after walking up to Stiemsma and hitting him with his forearm with 8:31 left in the second quarter. Stiemsma did not retaliate, but the referees failed to see him push Jack when the two were battling for position away from the ball.
Jack approached Stiemsma during a stoppage in play. The referees reviewed the play and gave Jack a Flagrant 1. A Flagrant 2 would have resulted in an automatic ejection.
In the Wolves' Jan. 30 game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Stiemsma agitated forward Matt Barnes enough to get him ejected in the second quarter. Barnes was given a Flagrant 2 for striking Stiemsma in the neck after Stiemsma set a hard screen on him.
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