Did you guys hear about the fight where a basketball game broke out?
The Warriors and Pacers were involved in a physical, scrappy game that was marred by a fight midway through the fourth quarter.
As you can see, the play ultimately resulted in a foul call on Andris Biedrins, but the fight started with two separate guys: David Lee and Roy Hibbert.
Hibbert started it all by shoving Lee after the Pacers center was unhappy about Lee’s original push trying to get the rebound. Lee responded with a hard two-handed thrust to Hibbert’s chest, then all hell broke loose.
Lee described how it all started:
“I thought he kind of lead with his elbow a little bit on the initial duck in,” he said. “I shoved him back a little bit and I think it kind of escalated quick from there.
While Lee calmly walked away, Stephen Curry rushed in and tried to hold Hibbert. Instead, Hibbert simply discarded of Curry with a left forearm.
Curry then tried again, going right at Hibbert, but was once again pushed back.
“Seriously, I didn’t even feel (Curry),” said Hibbert after the game. “He just ran up on me. I’m the type of person, I don’t want to start anything with someone that’s smaller than me. If I have somebody my size, we’ll talk it out like men. … I probably did toss the little guy to the side.”
Curry claimed it was all in the heat of the moment.
Teams are gearing up for playoff basketball, ramping up the intensity a little bit. It’s healthy just to not back down, be physical. You’d like to not see that tussle happen. But for the most part, it was just a good, clean physical game that we have to expect for the rest of the year.
The action unfolded right in front of fans on the right baseline, as all 10 players on the court either tried to get in on the fight, or played the role of peacemaker.
Biedrins wound up being the unsung hero in all of this, grabbing Curry as the Warriors point guard was steaming mad and looking for a fight. He wrestled Curry to the ground, then held him back from doing anything stupid amidst the mayhem (ANKLE INJURY!).
Suddenly, Andris’ $9 million contract doesn’t look so bad anymore.