Hawks’ Taurean Prince, Heat’s James Johnson each fined $25,000 for altercation


I expected a suspension to come out of this, but the NBA’s punishments remain a game of roulette.

Atlanta forward Taurean Prince has been fined $25,000 by the league for his brutal flagrant foul II against Miami’s Hassan Whiteside, throwing the Heat center to the ground. Prince was ejected for that play, as he should have been.

Miami’s James Johnson also got a $25,000 fine from the league for “escalating the situation in retaliation by throwing a forearm into the chest of Prince.” Which is accurate.

But does anyone blame Johnson? You know his teammates loved that, and Whiteside has offered to pay Johnson’s fine.