During Friday night’s game between the Miami Heat and Los Angeles Lakers, things nearly got violent between Goran Dragic and Jordan Clarkson.
It was mid-way through the third quarter, Miami was down 76-68 and there were some obvious frustrations on both sides. In one corner, there’s Goran Dragic, checking in at 6-3, 190. In the other, Jordan Clarkson, who has two inches and four pounds on The Dragon.
It all started with a shove from Clarkson. Dragic took exception, shoved back and Clarkson got his hands ready in case it escalated even further. When asked about it, Clarkson relayed some advice from Kobe Bryant to Mark Medina of the OC Register.
“It was one of those things where he was running at me,” said Clarkson. “I didn’t know what he was going to do. So I put my hands up to defend myself. I went back to stuff Kobe (Bryant) told me about an incident he had. He said to never have your hands down in case something happens.”
Both players got ejected following the incident, and coach Erik Spoelstra was absolutely heated.
“That’s really shameful, disgraceful that Goran Dragic got thrown out of that game. It’s an elbow to his face, somebody that wants to fight, knocks him down on the ground, and just a bail-out, shameful, disgraceful ejection. There’s no way he should be thrown out of that situation for just taking an elbow to the face, getting up, not even necessarily defending himself, just getting up. But at that point, it’s an eight-point game, and we pretty much just let it go from there. I don’t know if it would have made a difference, but he is our best player.”
A 37-21 fourth quarter explosion sealed Los Angeles’ 127-100 win. In just ten minutes off the bench, Clarkson was held to four points on 2-of-4 shooting, while Dragic had 16 in 22 minutes trying to lead a team without Hassan Whiteside and Justise Winslow.
Although there hasn’t been any word, it wouldn’t be shocking to see the NBA hand out fines and possibly suspension to the two guards.
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