Fan Runs on Court During Grizzlies vs. Timberwolves Game 4 Before Security Intervenes

Erin WalshApril 24, 2022

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - APRIL 23: Ja Morant #12 of the Memphis Grizzlies rebounds the ball against the Minnesota Timberwolves during Round 1 Game 4 of the 2022 NBA Playoffs on April 23, 2022 at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2022 NBAE (Photo by David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Saturday's Timberwolves-Grizzlies playoff game was paused in the third quarter after someone rushed onto the court with Minnesota up 64-58 over Memphis. The person was apprehended by security and taken out of the arena. 

It's unclear if the person who ran on the court was a protester or if the incident was related to the others that have happened at Target Center in recent weeks.

Damichael Cole @DamichaelC

Ugly scene in Minnesota. Looks like a fan ran on the court behind the Timberwolves bench. Security rushed to the court. <a href="https://t.co/qUJufK75gs">pic.twitter.com/qUJufK75gs</a>

Michael Pina @MichaelVPina

normal stuff <a href="https://t.co/4ienBgpzW4">pic.twitter.com/4ienBgpzW4</a>

During the Timberwolves' April 12 regular-season matchup against the Los Angeles Clippers, a woman glued herself to the court in protest of Minnesota owner Glen Taylor. Animal rights group Direct Action Everywhere accused Taylor of wrongly killing chickens on his egg farm in Iowa. 

Another woman from the same activist group chained herself to the basket during Game 1 between the Timberwolves and Grizzlies at FedExForum on April 16. She was wearing a shirt that read, "Glen Taylor Roasts Animals Alive."

The Grizzlies entered Saturday's Game 4 with a 2-1 series lead over the Timberwolves.