Arron Afflalo was ejected from Denver’s win in Utah on Monday, thanks to the nasty hit he delivered to the head of Alec Burks.
Burks was flying in for a fast break layup, and Afflalo took a violent swing at the ball, but ended up catching Burks in the head which caused him to fall awkwardly to the floor.
Afflalo insisted that the hard foul wasn’t intentional afterward.
“I was trying to go for a block, pretty much,” Afflalo said. “I’m not trying to be a tough guy, not trying to commit a hard foul. Things that ensue after that is all verbal in front of the refs and a lot of people. To me that means nothing. Honestly I just thought I committed a hard foul and he finished the game so he was OK.”
Nuggets coach Brian Shaw saw it in much the same manner.
“I understand the flagrant because it was a strike to the head,” Shaw said. “But I thought that the hit to the head happened because he ducked on the layup. Arron was trying to swipe, trying to make a play at the ball. … Those things happen. It was a hard foul. Arron’s not a dirty player, so it wasn’t intentional by any means.”
It didn’t appear to be intentional. But at the same time, it was a dangerous play, and the league may decide it was enough to warrant a fine or suspension after reviewing it several times.