Charles Barkley on Draymond Green: “I want to punch his ass in the face” – ProBasketballTalk

05/16/2018

"We have each other's backs," says Al Horford.

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BOSTON (AP) Cavaliers forward LeBron James left Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals Tuesday night and went to the Cleveland locker room in the second quarter after colliding with Boston’s Jayson Tatum under the basket.

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It’s considered a top-heavy draft class in 2018 with potential franchise players at the top, and the Phoenix Suns will have their pick of all of them.

For Boston it was another team effort, with Jaylen Brown leading the way with 23 points, seven rebounds, and three assists. Horford posted a double-double of 15 points, 10 rebounds, and four assists. All five Celtics starters scored in double figures.

That refs allowed Smith to continue playing is embarrassing to the league. Smith’s foul was a textbook example of a Flagrant 2, and the double-tech after was a bit of an insult.

Lebron James on Tatum collision: “It was a tough blow, obviously incidental. His shoulder hit me square in the jaw, so I just wanted to go back and make sure everything was fine. But it didn’t affect my game after that.”

It worked like a charm.

Now those Suns face an interesting choice: They just hired Igor Kokoskov, the long-time NBA assistant coach (most recently with Utah) as their head coach; he is also the Serbian national team coach and has an excellent relationship with and scouting report on Doncic. That said, Ayton is the guy on top of most team’s draft boards and he attended the University of Arizona just down the I 10.

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Marcus Smart confronts JR Smith after JR pushes Al Horford in mid-air

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Yet no amount of bad blood could spoil Boston’s gameplan, even with James posting another impressive stat line. The Celtics defense poured it on, clamping down even harder in the fourth quarter and allowing just 17 points.

That didn’t sit right with TNT commentator Charles Barkley, who said during the halftime report that he wished he could punch Green in the face.

At least Boston fans got a chant going to help assuage their feelings (NSFW):

Deandre Ayton. Marvin Bagley III. Luka Doncic. Jaren Jackson Jr. Mohamed Bamba.

The NBA prides itself on making sure players aren’t making dangerous plays toward each other, especially in the playoffs. The league made an entire rule about landing space after Zaza Pachulia injured Kawhi Leonard in the playoffs.

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Golden State has a 2-0 lead heading back to New Orleans on Friday.

And yet, it was the Celtics and their steady approach that turned the tide during the final two quarters.

Then, Green got tangled up with Pelicans star Anthony Davis in the third quarter. The two wound up flipping over each other several times, and officials decided to give each a foul despite Green clearly initiating the contact.

The Suns tanked their way to the worst record in the NBA last season and it paid off Tuesday night as the team with the best odds — a 25 percent chance at the top — won the NBA Draft lottery. This will be the first time in the history of the Suns’ franchise they have the No. 1 pick.

Smart and Celtics took Game 2, but no doubt the league should be looking at Smith’s dangerous actions further in the coming week.

A flagrant foul-penalty (2) is unnecessary and excessive contact committed by a player against an opponent. It is an unsportsmanlike act and the offender is ejected immediately.

Here are the full Draft Lottery results, and the draft order: 

On Tuesday night, Cleveland Cavaliers guard JR Smith was given a Flagrant 1 for pushing Boston Celtics big man Al Horford during an alley-oop attempt. Smith made no attempt to make a play on the ball, and Horford was sent careening under the basket near the stanchion.

James was under the basket when he collided with Tatum, whose shoulder hit James squarely in the jaw. James was shown rubbing his chin, and then he went to the locker room.

Game 3 is in Cleveland on Saturday. LeBron will have some time to think about what the Cavaliers can do to get back in this series. Theres not much else The King can enact himself. He needs a better tactical approach by Ty Lue and execution from his supporting cast.

Of course, Green was asked about Barkley’s comments after the Warriors dispatched the Pelicans, 121-116. The Warriors forward said that Barkley was essentially blowing smoke, and that if he wanted to try and punch him in the face in person he has many opportunities to throughout the year, presumably when the two are in relative proximity to each other.

— Def Pen Hoops (@DefPenHoops) May 16, 2018

Remaining Draft Order:

The Atlanta Hawks moved up one spot — they had the fourth best odds and will be picking third as they add to their rebuild efforts.

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Just for fun, let’s review the definition of a Flagrant 2, via the NBA website.

James would finish the game with a triple-double of 42 points, 12 assists, and 10 rebounds. Kevin Love added 22 points and 15 rebounds, but only Kyle Korver scored in double figures for the Cavaliers.

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— Jared Weiss (@JaredWeissNBA) May 16, 2018

“You old and it is what it is,” said Green.

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Marcus Smart confronts JR Smith after JR pushes Al Horford in mid-air

That means the Memphis Grizzlies, Dallas Mavericks, Orlando Magic, and Chicago Bulls all slid down a spot from their projected spots.

He returned a few minutes later and finished out the half with what the Cavaliers said was a strained neck.

Both players were impotently assessed a technical foul, and Smith was given a Flagrant 1.

The Sacramento Kings moved up to the No. 2 slot from what was the seventh best lottery odds — the Kings had just a 6 percent chance of landing the second pick. They will be able to put someone out there to play with last year’s rookies D’Aaron Fox and Bogdan Bogdanovic.

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After Game 1 between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics, the question was whether the team-first strategy of the Celtics could withstand the LeBron onslaught.

The big moves were below it.

In Game 2 on Tuesday night, Boston showed they were the stronger team yet again by following a strict gameplan: switch on LeBron and do the best you can, then rotate out on Cleveland’s shooters to neutralize the rest of the Cavaliers roster. Brad Stevens even said as much during an interview during the broadcast, so it wasn’t a surprise when that appeared to be Boston’s approach.

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No, really.

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: NBA officials made a questionable call regarding a player ejection in a meaningful playoff game.

Now, we have our answer.

That caused Marcus Smart to get in Smith’s face, with the two pushing until they were separated.

Charles Barkley wants to punch @Money23Green in the face.