Early in the fourth quarter of the Spurs’ win in Milwaukee on Wednesday, Jerryd Bayless charged hard into Marco Belinelli as he elevated for a three-point shot.
It didn’t appear to be a legitimate attempt at defending the shot, and the referees ruled it to be a flagrant foul following a video review.
Belinelli was still upset by it afterward, and believes it was intentional.
“That was a really bad foul,” Belinelli said. “This was my first time that I get fouled like that. I know competition is part of the game, but that was really bad.” …
“I knew it was coming, yes,” Belinelli said. “That’s why I took the 3. I think before, when I cut (off the ball) like I do always, he said I tried to break his elbow or something like that. I don’t know. That was a really bad foul.” …
Bayless described the situation as a “misunderstanding” and left before taking further questions.
It sounds like Bayless believed Belinelli did something dirty on a previous possession, and this was his chosen form of retaliation.