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Cats vs. Card: Devin Booker and Gorgui Dieng nearly come to blows while being ejected

Booker took it personal when he caught a hard elbow from Dieng, and both tried to confront each other after being ejected.

Minnesota Timberwolves v Phoenix Suns Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Tensions flared in the Minnesota Timberwolves’ 118-91 win against the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday, and it involved a Kentucky vs. Louisville connection.

Both Suns guard Devin Booker and Timberwolves center Gorgui Dieng were ejected after an elbow to Booker’s face. Booker even tried to take a swipe at Dieng before they were seperated.

Dieng, a former Cardinal, and Booker, a former Wildcat, appeared ready to throw hands in the tunnels had they been given the opportunity. Booker had to be held back and restrained by a security guard to attempt from keeping him from meeting up with Dieng, who also tried to find Booker in the Suns’ locker room:

Dieng had only seen five minutes of playing time and grabbed three rebounds before the heated moments that led to his ejection, while Booker had already seen 24 minutes on the court and picked up 14 points.

So, it’s not like they had been bantering back and forth all night. It seems like the moment got the best of both of the players, something that isn’t seen much from these two.

This was the last of the two meetings between the Suns and Timberwolves with the Timberwolves taking both games.

Former Wildcat and teammate of Booker, Karl-Anthony Towns, would actually side with his teammate if he had come to blows with Booker.

“I love Devin like a brother, but I got Gorgui,” said Towns in a postgame interview.

Hopefully, nothing major comes of this, but Booker and Dieng will at least receive a fine from the NBA.