You kind of knew this was coming — once Charlie Villanueva was ejected for a flagrant two foul on the Kings’ Isaiah Thomas Tuesday night you had to expect a fine to follow. It did, the league announced a $25,000 fine for Villanueva on Wednesday.
To not fine Villanueva would violate standard NBA procedure and suggest that the referees made a mistake, and they were not going to do that in this case. I said from the start it was a borderline flagrant two, but if you’re going to call it one you have to fine him and the league will back the refs on borderline calls.
The incident happened before halftime when Thomas drove the lane and the Villanueva rotated over to stop him and did so with a hard foul that sent Thomas sprawling on the ground. Thomas came up angry and looking ready to fight but is stopped before anything happens. You can see the video above and decide for yourself if you think the fine is warranted.
Gordon Hayward goes behind Jordan Clarkson’s back with dribble
First, Hayward reads and steals Clarkson’s poor feed into the post intended for Kobe Bryant, then going up the sideline he takes his dribble behind Clarkson’s back to keep going. It all ends in a Rudy Gobert dunk.
Three quick takeaways here:
1) Gordon Hayward is a lot better than many fans realize. He can lead this team.
2) It’s still all about the development with Clarkson, and that’s going to mean some hard lessons.
3) Hayward may have the best hair in the NBA, even if it’s going a bit Macklemore.
VIZZINI: “So, it is down to you. And it is down to me.” MAN IN BLACK nods and comes nearer… MAN IN BLACK: “Perhaps an arrangement can be reached.” VIZZINI: “There will be no arrangement…” MAN IN BLACK: “But if there can be no arrangement, then we are at an impasse.”
“I actually believe it will probably go months. This will go well into the regular season.”
Windhorst compared it to a similar situation back in 2007 with Anderson Varejao, which eventually only broke because the then Charlotte Bobcats signed Varejao to an offer sheet. Thompson is a restricted free agent, meaning the Cavaliers can match any offer, but only Portland and Philadelphia have the cap space right now to offer him a max contract. Neither team has shown any interest in doing so.