What happened: The night started with David Fizdale replacing Kanter with Luke Kornet in the starting lineup. Kanter responded with a tweet to suggest he was not happy with the decision. Kornet responded by pouring in a career-best 23 points, on seven, count ’em, seven three-pointers!
Then what happened: Kanter said he would address the lineup decision after the game, but that issue took a backseat to the questionable ejection he received after a skirmish with Giannis Antetokounmpo.
- Giannis was knocked down on a drive attempt to the basket leading up to the altercation. After the referees reviewed the play, both players received technical fouls (on a play no common foul was issued), and Kanter received a second technical for taunting. You can read the reasoning behind the technicals given by the crew chief after the game here. Kanter received three stitches from the play leading up to the incident.
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How did KP get involved? Bucks assistant Darvin Ham was a bit aggressive in trying to separate the two players, which annoyed Kristaps Porzingis, who was watching from home.
- Kanter: “He texted me and I talked to him on FaceTime. He can be quiet but he supports us 100 percent. He’s always supporting us and it means a lot to me.’’ [Marc Berman | New York Post]
- Kanter: “I could’ve just pushed him back and started another fight. But I don’t think the NBA wants that. He’s not my assistant coach. He’s not my friend. He’s not nobody. He should be fined.” [Steve Popper | Newsday]
The NBA reviewed the incident between Kanter, Giannis, and Ham and issued no fines. The NBA said Ham “acted as a peacemaker to separate the players. We determined that no further action is needed for any party.” [Marc Berman |New York Post]