Monday’s game between the Miami Heat and the Denver Nuggets turned ugly late in the fourth quarter and resulted in an injury to one player.
With the Nuggets leading 111-94 with just under three minutes left, Heat forward Markieff Morris gave Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic a blow to the ribs as he brought the ball up the floor. Jokic responded with a cheap shot to Morris’ back that knocked him down and sparked a skirmish.
After the game, the Heat said that Morris had sustained “an apparent neck injury.” Head coach Erik Spoelstra added that Morris was moving around in the locker room and that he would undergo further tests.
It is true that Morris’ initial foul was both unnecessary and excessive, likely out of frustration that the Heat were down big. But for Jokic to retaliate with a violent blow when Morris had his back turned to him was completely uncalled-for and could result in a lengthy suspension.
The Denver Nuggets and the Utah Jazz gave us one of the first altercations of the new NBA season on Tuesday, and TNT announcer Kevin Harlan definitely did not disappoint in his call of it.
In the fourth quarter of an eventual 122-110 victory for the Jazz, Nuggets big man JaMychal Green got tangled up under the basket with Jazz counterpart Hassan Whiteside. Some shoving ensued and some words were exchanged.
Though the altercation itself was mostly much ado about nothing, Harlan’s animated call brought the incident to another level. Take a listen.
That’s the call of a man who wanted to see some smoke.
Green and Whiteside were both ejected for the incident. But given that it was two bench players getting thrown out of a game that had already been decided at that point, the double ejections were not particularly meaningful.
Basketball fans witnessed a rare occurrence on Sunday: a punch being thrown during a Summer League game.
The Sacramento Kings and the Dallas Mavericks were playing in Las Vegas when tempers flared in the fourth quarter. Mavs forward Eugene Omoruyi gave Kings center Chimezie Metu a hard foul as Metu went airborne for a shot. Metu went crashing to the floor, got up, and threw a punch at Omoruyi. Check out the video:
🇺🇸 Chimezie Metu lost it and threw a punch to Eugene Omoruyi. They were both ejected. It’s #SummerLeague, but still…
🇮🇹 Chimezie Metu di Sacramento perde la testa e tira un pugno a Eugene Omoruyi di Dallas. È Summer League, ma… pic.twitter.com/9Sr9nV088W
Both players were ejected for the incident, Omoruyi for a Flagrant 2 foul and Metu for throwing the punch. The Kings ended up winning the game 86-70.
While there is obviously no excuse for Metu’s reaction, it is worth noting that the 24-year-old was involved in a very similar incident last season. Memphis Grizzlies center Jonas Valanciunas tossed Metu to the ground after a dunk, which led to Metu missing time with a fractured wrist.
Tempers flared during the fourth period of a semifinal of the Big Ten Men’s Lacrosse Tournament on Wednesday.
No. 2 Johns Hopkins met No. 3 Ohio State in the second semifinal of the day. With Ohio State up 5-4 and a little over nine minutes remaining in regulation, a scuffle broke out on the sideline after a hard check.
School officials say they have identified the individual who used the chair as a weapon and he is not a student.
The conference is investigating the brawl.
“Such behavior will not be tolerated in our league under any circumstances,” SIAC Commissioner Greg Moore said in a release. “As a consequence, and at the conclusion of our internal investigation, all responsible parties in connection with this incident shall be subject to the most severe sanctions authorized by the conference rules and bylaws.”
LeMoyne-Owen is working with Memphis police to make sure all suspects are charged for their crimes.
“We’re working with MPD, and we’re going to press charges to the fullest extent of the law because we are not going to tolerate this type of activity,” a LeMoyne-Owen spokeswoman said. “When people attend the game, it is a safe atmosphere. We believe in the spirit of competition and sportsmanship, but come to enjoy the games, have a safe time and go home.”
The game was postponed after the fight and no makeup date has been set.
North Carolina defensive lineman Jalen Dalton was ejected in the first half of his team’s rivalry game against NC State on Friday after he threw a punch during a bench-clearing brawl.
The fight broke out after the Tar Heels recovered a fumble on what was eventually ruled an incomplete pass upon further review. Players from the sidelines sprinted onto the field to get involved, and coaches tried to diffuse the situation. UNC coach Larry Fedora was physically dragged at one point while trying to keep Dalton from going after an NC State player.
If Fedora is, in fact, being considered for high-profile jobs like this one, he just received a boost on his physical strength rating. The fact that he stayed on his feet while being dragged by someone as massive as Dalton was impressive.
NC State took a 21-7 lead into halftime while looking to pull the upset.
A brawl broke out during a collegiate summer league game between the Humboldt Crabs and California Warriors earlier this week. Like many other baseball fights, it started when a batter was hit by a pitch. What made this one different was the bat that went flying by the pitcher’s head after he drilled the batter.
That’s just plain dangerous. For the most part, baseball brawls are harmless. This one turned into your typical bench-clearing pillow fight after the initial exchange, but what would have happened if that bat drilled the pitcher in the head?
Renaldo Balkman spent six seasons in the NBA with the New York Knicks and Denver Nuggets, playing only around 14 minutes per game and averaging 3.0 points and 1.9 rebounds. To this point, his professional career has been very forgettable. The meltdown he had on Thursday while playing in a Philippine Basketball Association game will likely be remembered forever.
According to GMA News, Balkman, who plays for the Petron Blaze Boosters, was upset with a non-call late in the game during a loss to the Alaska Aces. Balkman had attempted a hook shot with 26.7 seconds remaining and his team trailing by seven, and he felt that he had been fouled on the miss. That set the former Knick off, as he moved toward the officials and shoved his own teammates when they tried to stop him.
At one point, teammate Arwind Santos shoved Balkman back and Balkman responded by putting his hand on Santos’ throat. Someone wearing a denim vest eventually came out of the stands to calm Balkman down. Television announcers speculated the man may have been a friend.
Balkman later took to Twitter to apologize for his spaz-out.
A high school football game between San Bernardino High and Palm Desert High got out of hand in more ways than just the scoreboard last Friday night. With Palm Desert leading 45-6 in a completely one-sided game, the San Bernardino quarterback was tackled in front of Palm Desert’s bench. This prompted a San Bernardino player to push a Palm Desert player from behind, and things escalated from there.
“All we know is that he got tackled,” San Bernardino coach Jeff Imbriani explained. “He got grabbed in the private. He got up, kinda shoved the guy off like ‘What are you doing?’ And then he swung. The guy swung and then (it was) all melee from there.”
Have you ever been so pissed at another car in traffic that you wanted to forget about where you were headed and instead focus on just ramming into it bumper car style? Well that happened over the weekend.
At the 15th Annual 2 Hour Xtreme Winged Figure 8 Enduro at Sportsdrome Speedway in Clarksville, IN, last Saturday night, one driver cut across the track’s infield to ram into an opposing driver who apparently spun him before the race began. We don’t have a closeup of their fight, but it’s pretty obvious they threw down fisticuffs after exiting their respective high-performance vehicles.
We have no idea which driver won the fight, but just seeing the car cut across the infield was well worth the price of admission (or 53 seconds of video for those of us who had to relive it on the ‘net).