Ok… these are the questions we’ve got to ask after yesterday’s “altercation.”
Question#1: Did KG push a ref?
It’s at the :15 mark. He certainly struggles to get free… and he’s not gentle about it. It was a big debate today on “Mike & Mike in the Morning.” with one vote for a suspension… one against. This photo doesn’t help.
Did Kendrick Perkins come off the bench?
At the 1:04 mark, you see Perk with a foot on the court. It’s only 1 foot… but some people will say that’s enough. Now we’re getting into “leaving the bench area” territory. People will also point to the whole Amare Stoudemire incident last year as precedent. I don’t think it applies… because Stoudemire had actually passed the bench area… whereas Perk only has one foot on the court. There’s also the question as to how much of an altercation this was.
Did Zaza Pachulia headbutt KG?
At 1:30… Pachulia steps up to KG… and he instigates contact that results in their foreheads touching. Gorman and Marshall say its a headbutt… I say (just like every other thing being brought up here) you can go either way on it. He definitely initiates contact… and he does it from a few steps away. That’s probably a fine… but a suspension might be pushing it.
Did Marvin Williams leave the bench?
This clip doesn’t show it… but Marvin Williams did what Perkins did. Just keep that in mind. If one gets suspended and not the other, that’s crap. They’re either both gone… or neither goes.
In my opinion… no one should go. This was a minor dust up. You can fine KG for putting his hands on the ref. You can fine Pachulia for trying to instigate… but that’s about it.