“That doesn't happen often,” Brooks said. “One of the things I'm proud of with our guys is we play extremely hard. We don't point fingers and we just play every possession as best we can. The heat of the emotion got to us a couple of times, but it's nothing that I have to bring up to address because it happens (seldom). That was a tough call. Kevin was attacking the basket. But J.J. (Barea) is a tough kid. He steps up and takes charges.”
Barea missed the ensuing technical foul shot, and the Wolves ultimately got just one free throw from Kevin Love once they were awarded the ball.
JACKSON ‘SOLID,' COACH SAYS
Reggie Jackson was hard on himself following Thursday's loss at Minnesota, primarily because he was unhappy with his fourth-quarter defense on Barea.
The 6-foot Wolves point guard scored 14 of his 18 points in the final period, including 12 straight during one stretch that would ultimately snap the Thunder's 12-game winning streak.
“We missed some team assignments, but I definitely take it personal with whoever I'm checking,” Jackson said. “So I definitely take the blame for letting him get hot like that.”
Brooks, though, said Jackson wasn't bad.
“He was solid,” Brooks said. “He didn't make too many mistakes. He played hard and he did a lot of good things. It's something that we can look at and see how we can improve his game and the team.”