After the referee blew his whistle, Dort threw an elbow that caught’s Love’s shoulder — and Love reacted.
DORT EJECTED for this flagrant 2 on Kevin Love. 😳😳 pic.twitter.com/7KEmzSFQ4h
— House of Highlights (@HoHighlights) January 23, 2022
The referees reviewed the play and gave Love a common foul and Dort a Flagrant 2 — and ejection — for his reaction.
Is that worthy of an ejection? It’s an intentional elbow after the play, it’s unnecessary, and it’s a Flagrant 1 without question. But to be a Flagrant 2 it has to be “unnecessary and excessive,” and while Love thought it was excessive, I would question that. It was a frustration elbow to the shoulder, it wasn’t Grayson Allen taking down Alex Caruso.
The NBA league office can lessen the foul to a Flagrant 1, but doesn’t often do so.
The Cavaliers went on to win the game 94-87, but lost Lauri Markkanen to a sprained ankle, and he could be out for an extended time.