NBA star throws punch at teammate on bench during game against New Orleans


Three-time NBA All-Star Rudy Gobert has thrown a punch at Minnesota Timberwolves teammate Kyle Anderson on the bench during a game against New Orleans.

Shocking video shows Gobert in a verbal confrontation with Anderson from opposite sides of the team huddle before Gobert throws a punch at the upper part of Anderson’s chest.

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Anderson immediately looked to fire back in a furious reaction, but his response was tempered when teammates separated the two players.

Gobert was reportedly then sent home.

Rudy Gobert throws a punch at Kyle Anderson. Credit: Twitter

Across the rest of the league, the NBA will get what it wanted – drama to end the regular season.

All 30 teams will play their 82nd game of the season on Sunday (Monday AEST), with four match ups – New Orleans at Minnesota, Utah at the Los Angeles Lakers, Golden State at Portland and the Los Angeles Clippers at Phoenix – set to decide how the Western Conference playoff and play-in bracket will look.

There are 16 possible seeding scenarios, based on the outcomes of those four games. And they’ll all start at the same time, meaning it’s possible that the final shot of the regular season might be the one that fills out the bracket.

For the defending NBA champion Warriors and the Clippers, the maths easy: Win Sunday, and they’re in the playoffs and about to get a week off to get ready for Round 1 match ups against either Sacramento or Phoenix. Lose Sunday, and the play-in tournament – which starts Tuesday – might be the daunting consolation prize.

“It’s the only thing that we can control,” Golden State coach Steve Kerr said. “There’s other games that can factor in, but it doesn’t matter to us as long as we win. That’s a great position to be in and we’ve got to go do something about it.”

Steve Kerr speaks with his star point guard, Steph Curry. Credit: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

This much of the West is settled: Denver is the No.1 seed, Memphis is No.2, Sacramento is No.3, Phoenix is No.4, and Oklahoma City will be No.10 for the play-in tournament.

The rest goes down to the wire.

The Clippers could be fifth, sixth or seventh. The Warriors could be fifth, sixth, seventh or eighth. The Lakers could be sixth, seventh or eighth. The Timberwolves could be seventh, eighth or ninth – and the Pelicans, somehow, have all the bases covered. New Orleans could be No.5, No.6, No.7, No.8 or No.9 in the West when the final whistle blows on Sunday.

“We’ve got one more game to handle our business,” Pelicans coach Willie Green told his team Friday night.

There are some very simple possibilities Sunday:

– The loser of the New Orleans-Minnesota game will be the No.9 seed and hosting Oklahoma City in an elimination game on Wednesday.

– The Clippers are the No.5 seed with a win and will face the Suns in Round 1, after also seeing them in Sunday’s finale.

– New Orleans gets the No.5 seed if it wins, combined with wins by Phoenix and Portland.

– The Lakers will be the No.8 seed and on the road for a play-in game Tuesday if they lose to Utah. They would be No.6 or No.7 with a win, except if the Pelicans, Warriors and Suns all also win. That scenario would leave the Lakers No.8.

– There is a chance for a Clippers-Lakers play-in game to happen on Tuesday night. New Orleans and Phoenix would both have to win as part of the formula, and then there would have to be Lakers-Warriors, Jazz-Warriors or Jazz-Blazers wins as well.

– The Warriors are the No.5 seed (facing Phoenix) or the No.6 seed (facing Sacramento in a match up of teams separated by about 90 miles) with a win. If the Warriors and Clippers both win, Golden State is No.6. Otherwise, a Warriors win clinches the No.5 seed.

The Eastern Conference bracket is set, regardless of Sunday’s outcomes: No.1 Milwaukee, No.2 Boston, No.3 Philadelphia, No.4 Cleveland, No.5 New York and No.6 Brooklyn have playoff berths locked.

No.7 Miami will face No.8 Atlanta in a play-in game Tuesday, No.9 Toronto plays No.10 Chicago in an elimination game Wednesday, and the Heat-Hawks loser faces the Raptors-Bulls winner on Friday.

The Heat-Hawks winner will play Boston in Round 1. The winner of the Friday game will play Milwaukee in Round 1.

With AAP

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