Nuggets guard Jamal Murray tosses a heat pack off the bench during Game 2

DENVER — During the second quarter of the Timberwolves’ 106-80 Game 2 win over the Nuggets, a white object flew to the ground as the Wolves were trying to grab an offensive rebound. The possession ended with Karl-Anthony Towns grabbing a rebound to put the Wolves ahead 49-30.

Shortly after, a video went viral online showing Nuggets guard Jamal Murray throwing a heating pad from the bench area onto the floor near where Towns was struggling to score. Officials at the time did not see Murray throw it and did not issue a technical or ejection, but more discipline may come from the league.

Wolves coach Chris Finch said Murray’s actions were “inexcusable” and “dangerous”, and while he did not watch it live, he said there was a dialogue between the team and the officials about the play.

“When it was explained to me, the referees didn’t see it either, so they can’t issue a technical report unless they see it,” Finch said. “We tried to convince them that maybe there weren’t a lot of fans in the building to have a heat pack. So maybe it had to come from the bench, which they found logical.

“It’s dangerous and unjustified. … I’m sure there was nothing intentional by the referee at all. It certainly cannot be allowed to happen.”

Referee Mark Davis told a pool reporter after the game that if the officials had known it came from the bench, they would have reviewed the play as a “hostile action.” Davis said the ruling would have been just a technical foul and not a sending off.

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“For a toss, you have to determine whether it was thrown directly at someone or whether it was thrown out of frustration,” Davis said.

Kyle Anderson, who was on the floor at the time, said he didn’t notice it at the time and didn’t realize it happened until after the game.

“I didn’t even see him,” Anderson said. “This is hilarious.”

The pad stopped moving near Towns’ feet as he went up for a layup.

“I saw it,” Towns said. “I was worried about making the layup, I’m not going to lie to you.”

With three days off between Games 2 and 3, there is no immediate timeline on when the league might issue additional discipline.

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