Don’t make Kenny angry, you wouldn’t like him when he’s angry.
Nets coach Kenny Atkinson had to be restrained by several players and assistant coaches after attempting to rush onto the court to confront referee Tony Brothers during the fourth quarter of the Nets’ 111-97 loss to the Timberwolves Saturday.
Atkinson initially argued with Brothers over a play involving Nets guard Joe Harris with six minutes left in the game. The two appeared to be trading barbs, resulting in a technical foul on Atkinson. Shortly after, the second-year Nets coach erupted and charged onto the court in Brothers’ direction. Atkinson had to be restrained by several assistant coaches and players, including guards Spencer Dinwiddie and Allen Crabbe.
The 50-year-old coach quickly received his second technical and was promptly ejected.
The Nets trailed the Timberwolves 94-79 at the time of Atkinson’s ejection.
Kenny Atkinson argues a call during a game at Barclays Center on Jan. 3.
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Jahlil Okafor had the best game of his season, leading the Nets with 21 points and grabbing six rebounds.
Jimmy Butler and Andrew Wiggins led the Timberwolves with 21 points each.
The Nets trailed by as many as 26 points before cutting the Timberwolves’ lead to as little as five. Brooklyn has now lost six of their last eight games.
Both Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (right groin strain) and Caris Levert (sore left groin) were held out Saturday.