Tuesday night in the NBA only had a trio of games, but the nightcap was probably the most exciting between the Phoenix Suns and Washington Wizards. Former Kentucky Wildcats filled the court, the two teams racked up points aplenty, and there also was a pretty heated incident between the squads.
The incident between the two teams occurred early in the second quarter of the Suns’ 131-127 loss when Wizards reserve big man Jason Smith set a hard screen on Suns rookie guard Tyler Ulis. Jared Dudley, who played for Washington last season while Smith was on the Magic, ran down the court to Ulis’ aid. According to the NBA, he escalated the altercation “by confronting and making contact” with Smith. Then newly acquired Wizards point guard Jennings ran up and pointed his fingers towards Smith. Both players were assessed technical fouls and ejected from the game, and the sense was some more punishment was coming.
Jennings claimed the gesture was not gun related and he noted following the game that he expected to hear from the league about the incident. Well, he was right. The league issued $35,000 fines for each player. Dudley’s fine was for “escalating an altercation,” while Jennings’ was for “making menacing gestures.”
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— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpearsESPN) March 9, 2017