Austin Rivers and Mo Bamba exchange blows during the match

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Austin Rivers and Mo Bamba get into a physical altercation during the Timberwolves-Magic game which continued on social media after the two were ejected.

This season’s NBA script is slowly warming up ahead of All-Star Weekend, which will take place in Utah. On Thursday, Donovan Mitchell and Dillon Brooks got into a fight after a cheap shot from Brooks. Brooks was fouled on a layup attempt and for some reason hit an innocent Mitchell in the groin. Mitchell responded by throwing the basketball towards Brooks and the two were thrown off. Not even 24 hours ago, the NBA had yet another brawl on live television.

Austin Rivers and Mo Bamba exchange blows during Timberwolves-Magic game, beef spreads on social media

Last night the Timberwolves took on the Magic amid a day filled with news Kyrie Irving asked for a trade from the Brooklyn Nets. What would have been a normal, uneventful basketball game quickly spiraled out of control. At one point, Austin Rivers headed for the Magic sideline after missing a three-point shot and tempers flared.

Mo Bamba reacted by coming off the bench and immediately throwing a punch towards Rivers as they stumbled onto the court. Rivers also threw punches and struggled with several magic players. Rivers, Mamba and five other players were sent off. After the match, Mo Mamba took to Instagram to subliminally shoot Rivers. Rivers wasted no time in castigating Mo Mamba and accusing him of only being known for a Sheck Wes song. The situation seems out of place for both of them, but hopefully some cooler heads will show up for their next game.


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