Andre Drummond, Quincy Acy both ejected after dust up that involved referee getting forearm (VIDEO)

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Boy, that escalated quickly.

In the third quarter Sunday Detroit’s Andre Drummond and Brooklyn’s Quincy Acy were battling under the basket when Acy stripped Drummond and the ball got away, then Acy threw a punch to the mid-section of Drummond, causing the Piston big man to turn and square off on him. They jawed. As a referee stepped in to separate them (with the help of other players) Drummond shoved Acy back.

Then, well, it really got out of hand quickly.

Acy tried to come back at Drummond and in making an NFL defensive lineman swim move his forearm caught official David Guthrie in the face and knocked him back.

Both men were ejected. The Pistons went on to win the game without Drummond.

Fines and maybe a suspension will be coming down, and Acy’s going to get the stiffer end of the penalties. He earned it.

Nets guarantee Quincy Acy’s contract on same day he gets married

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Quincy Acy‘s $1,709,538 salary for next season went from fully unguaranteed to fully guaranteed when the Nets didn’t waive him yesterday.

Oh, and he got married.

Congratulations to Acy on the wedding and the financial security, but his contract development was really a curse in disguise. If Brooklyn waived him to give his roster spot to a younger player, Acy would have earned on the open market at least the minimum salary he’s now slated to receive. But it’s not surprising the Nets wanted to keep the hustle player with a strong work ethic. He’s a great value, both for the example he sets and production he provides.

Acy vastly improved his already-decent 3-point shooting last year. If he maintains that stroke to complement his energetic play, Acy could get a far-more-lucrative contract at age 27 next summer, perhaps from a team ready to win now.

Celtics lock up division title with 114-105 win over Nets

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BOSTON (AP) — Isaiah Thomas scored 27 points to help the Boston Celtics beat back a fourth-quarter charge and defeat the Brooklyn Nets 114-105 on Monday night to keep alive their hopes of securing the Eastern Conference’s top seed.

The Celtics clinched the Atlantic Division title and can finish with no worse than the No. 2 seed.

With Cleveland’s overtime loss at Miami on Monday night, a Boston win in its regular-season finale against Milwaukee on Wednesday would give the Celtics the No. 1 seed. But if Boston loses to the Bucks and Cleveland wins its finale against Toronto, the Cavs would own the tiebreaker by virtue of their 3-1 head-to-head record with Boston.

Al Horford added 19 points and eight rebounds.

Brooklyn trailed by 27 in the third quarter before an 18-5 run got it back into the game.

The Nets got as close as six in the fourth, but Thomas and Horford combined for 15 points in the period to help secure the victory.

Jeremy Lin led the Nets with 26 points and 12 rebounds. Brook Lopez finished with 25 points, and passed Buck Williams to become the franchise’s career leading scorer with a jumper late in the fourth quarter.

Playing on a day’s rest following its win at Charlotte on Saturday, Boston led by as many as 21 in the first half.

Brooklyn also had a day off coming off Saturday’s one-point victory over Chicago, but couldn’t find the basket early on. The Nets missed 17 of their first 20 shots and shot just 27 percent in the opening 24 minutes.

TIP-INS

Nets: Sean Kilpatrick (left hamstring) and Quincy Acy (sore left ankle) both sat out and each will also miss Wednesday’s regular-season finale. … Shot just 14 percent (3 for 21) from the field and 12 percent (1 for 8) from the 3-point line in the first quarter.

Celtics: Thomas extended his franchise record to 56 straight games with a 3-pointer. … Improved to 21-5 at home since Jan. 1.

 

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Mavericks signing Jonathan Gibson, waiving forward Quincy Acy

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With Devin Harris already injured, Deron Williams and J.J. Barea got hurt in the Mavericks’ loss to the Celtics last night. That left Dallas’ point guard depth chart as:

1. Seth Curry.

So, enter Jonathan Gibson, exit Quincy Acy.

Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports:

The Mavericks signed Gibson last offseason to a fully guaranteed salary and waived him before the regular season anyway. Dallas values preseason competition and will pay a premium for it.

Gibson excelled for the Mavericks’ summer-league team and internationally before that. The 29-year-old went undrafted out of New Mexico State in 2010. He’s more of a scorer than a traditional point guard, but at 6-foot-2, he’ll have to handle the point in the NBA. If his outside shooting translates, that could buy him time to develop his distributing.

Acy can be a nice hustle player, but he has struggled this season. The Mavericks will eat his minimum salary, and maybe – like Gibson – give him another deal as their needs change.

Mavericks’ Dirk Nowitzki sidelined at least a week with sore Achilles

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The Dallas Mavericks were already off to a rough start — 0-4 coming into Friday, when they lost to Portland at home — but the news got even worse after the game.

Dirk Nowitzki is going to miss at least a week with a sore Achilles.

Here is what Nowitzki himself said, via Tim MacMahon of ESPN.

“It’s been the same for a week now. It gets better on days off, and as soon as I go out there and try to push off, try to show on pick-and-rolls, run backwards, all that stuff is just uncomfortable and sore. So just thought I’d just shut it down. I mean, it makes no sense to keep dragging this for weeks, you know? Obviously, it hasn’t really gotten better, so we’re going to take a few days off and not get on the court, not do all the stuff that makes it sore. And hopefully, I’ll be better in a couple days and we can ramp it back up. But for now, that’s where we’re at. It just hasn’t gotten to the point where I can move well, where I can move pain free, so it just doesn’t make any sense to be out there.”

This is the smart move, pushing through Achilles pain — especially for an older player — can only lead to trouble.

Dallas’ offense and defense both were already in the bottom half of the NBA this season before the injury, this will not help (although Dallas has been better with Nowitzki off the court rather than on so far this season).

With Nowitzki out, expect more Dwight Powell and Quincy Acy.