Jason Terry ignited a serious confrontation that involved
many players and some coaches with 9;23 to go in the fourth quarter against the
Lakers at Staples Center.
Terry and Brendan Haywood have been suspended. Steve Blake
and Matt Barnes are gone for the Lakers.
At least it was a show of force by the Mavericks, which had
been missing in the last few minutes as they fell behind by 20 points.
Terry shoved Blake to the floor after getting called for a
foul on Blake’s drive to the basket.
From there, many players got physical with shoving and the
incident spilled into the Mavericks’ bench, where assistant coach Terry
Stotts had Barnes in a bear-hug, but Barnes quickly escaped, knocking Stotts backward.
This one is going to take a while for the NBA to sort out.
Still eight minutes to go and the Mavericks are back within 90-78.