NBA fans have lost their collective minds after a crucial game was interrupted by a bizarre protest, which quickly went viral online.
There were bizarre scenes in the NBA on Wednesday (AEST) when the game between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Minnesota Timberwolves was interrupted by a protester attempting to glue herself to the court.
The Timberwolves locked in the seventh seed in the Western Conference with a thrilling 109-104 comeback win in the play-in tournament, but all anyone was talking about was the woman fans have dubbed “glue girl”.
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The Timberwolves were shooting free throws midway through the second quarter when attention was drawn to the other end of the court where the protester had made her way onto the court underneath the hoop.
Wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with a slogan about an animal rights issue, the woman tried to glue her wrist to the court.
But her plan was swiftly undone as security pounced and managed to drag her away and clean up the glue in less time than it usually takes for a time-out.
The protest failed and only a handprint of glue was seen left on the court before it was quickly wiped away.
The court invasion quickly went viral on social media as basketball fans lost their minds at the unusual moment, with many quick to label the contest the “glue game”.
Many viewers pointed out the flaws in the protester’s plan — from using a basic arts and crafts glue to the irony of using glue, which is made from animal parts, to raise awareness for animal welfare.
The Athletic’s David Ubben tweeted: “Attempting to glue yourself to an NBA floor in protest is a plan so flawed we have no choice but to respect someone going ahead with it anyway.”
CBS Sports’ Will Brinson said: “The only thing crazier than gluing your hand to a basketball court in the middle of an NBA playoff game is thinking you can do it with some basic arts and craft white glue.”
NBA commentator Molly Morrison said: “I have so many questions. what kind of glue was it? was this premeditated? if so, how long had she been planning this? did she practice? how are we expected to just move on from this.”
Betting expert Matt Ellentuck added: “This game could end in a quadruple overtime buzzer-beater and im just going to be thinking about the glue handprint.”
After a slow start, the Timberwolves surged back into the game following the interruption and somehow hit the lead in the fourth quarter despite star big man Karl-Anthony Towns fouling out of the game.
Many fans joked the delay caused by the protester favored the Wolves, who managed to get some momentum after the interlude.
NBA podcaster Chris Vernon tweeted: “Glue Lady flipped the game!”
The Timberwolves closed out a five-point victory to seal their first playoffs appearance since the 2017-18 NBA season.
In the other play-in game on Wednesday, Patty Mills’ Brooklyn Nets secured the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference with a 115-108 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.