The edict came down from on high a couple of seasons ago: To help prevent concussions, the league office ordered referees to crack down on any blow to the head. That has led to fouls and ejections of players for plays that didn’t seem to warrant it.
Then there’s this play from the Knicks’ Bobby Portis — this earned Portis getting tossed.
The Lakers’ Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was driving the lane, Portis came in for the block, took a big swing, missed the ball but got plenty of KCP’s head.
Bobby Portis ejected after smacking KCP across the head… pic.twitter.com/Ju1aoNDXBP
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) January 8, 2020
There’s probably a fine from the league coming with that.
Caldwell-Pope returned to the game and seemed to show no lasting impact from the blow.