Bobby Portis had to know this was coming. The fact he was apologetic and contrite after the game probably saved him some money here.
The NBA fined the Knicks’ Portis $25,000 for “recklessly making contact above the shoulders of an airborne shooter,” the Lakers’ Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. It was deserved. At the time, Portis was given a flagrant 2 and ejected for the play.
Bobby Portis ejected after smacking KCP across the head… pic.twitter.com/Ju1aoNDXBP
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) January 8, 2020
Portis may have been trying to make a play on the ball but any contact like that to the head will lead to a fast ejection. After KCP’s headband went flying, there was no arguing that one.
Lakers’ doctors examined Caldwell-Pope and he was cleared to return to the game.