Wizards’ Kevin Seraphin fined $15K for flagrant foul against Grizzlies


The Wizards were up big on a depleted Wizards team Thursday when Kevin Seraphin decided to hammer Jon Leuer on a fast break.

The officials ruled the play as a flagrant two foul at the time, which comes with it an automatic ejection.

A day later, the league has seen fit to further fine Seraphin for his actions.

From the official release:

Washington Wizards center Kevin Seraphin has been fined $15,000 for making excessive contact and pulling Memphis Grizzlies forward Jon Leuer off the rim and to the floor, it was announced today by Rod Thorn, President, Basketball Operations.

That seems about right.

Even if there was no intent to injure (which is impossible to discern), it was a dangerous play nonetheless, and is worthy of punishment for that reason all by itself.

John Wall felt disrespected by Grizzlies resting starters


Facing the Wizards on national television last night, the Grizzlies rested Marc Gasol, Zach Randolph and Tony Allen and didn’t play Mike Conley due to an injury he played through the day before.

The result? A 108-87 Washington victory.

John Wall was pleased with the win, but not exactly how it came.

Wall, via J Michael of CSN Washington:

“That’s how I see it,” said John Wall when asked if he felt Memphis disrespected them by trotting out a starting lineup of Beno Udrih, Courtney Lee, Jeff Green, JaMychal Green and Kosta Koufos. “They sit them, I don’t really know the reason why. We’re a team that’s on the rise and teams respect us now and then they don’t respect us. We just wanted to come out and play basketball the right way and get the win no matter what.”

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It’s interesting Wall finds Memphis’ strategy so reprehensible. That’s probably indicative of the Wizards’ old-school ways. At least it’s also a sign Wall continues to buy into Randy Wittman’s approach.

The Grizzlies probably cared very little about their opponent when determining whether or not to rest their key players. More importantly, they were on the second leg of a back-to-back and playing their seventh game in 10 days.

If anything, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Grizzlies – deep in a discussion they wouldn’t make public – rested their players in part because the Wizards are so good. If you’re going to throw away a game, it makes some sense to do it against a team you’re less likely to beat anyway.

Three Things We Learned in NBA Thursday Night: Kyrie Irving went Neo in the Matrix on Spurs


If you watch closely every night in the NBA you can learn a little something. We know you are busy and can’t keep up with every game, so we’re here to help with those lessons from another night in the Association. Here’s what you missed while trying to get that damn Narwhals song out of your head

1) Kyrie Irving was in video game mode. Or he was Neo in the Matrix. Or whatever other internet exclamation of the superhuman you want to go with. Irving set a career high — and scored more than any player has in a game this season — when he dropped 57 on the Spurs. It’s hard to use words and stats to do him justice Thursday. For example, according to the NBA’s player tracking stats the Spurs contested 30 of Irving’s 32 shots, but he still hit 19 of them. He had 35 of his points in the second half, drained two threes (he was 7-of-7 from deep) with the game on the line, then scored 11 in OT to secure the Cavs 128-125 win. The Spurs were the better team on this night — they shared the ball, took advantage of mismatches, defended smartly — and in the end got another loss because Kyrie was not to be stopped.

2) Washington does not care how many Grizzlies were resting, they will take the win. In baseball, when a batter is in a slump, he’ll take any kind of hit to snap out of it — broken bat blooper that falls in, seeing eye grounder, whatever it takes to get on base. That’s where the Wizards have been, so the fact that Memphis was on a back-to-back and decided to rest Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph doesn’t change anything for the Wizards. Marcin Gortat feasted inside with them out scoring 22; John Wall scored 21, and the Wizards picked up the win. That’s three of four and two in a row for Wizards, who maybe are finding their footing again.

3) Utah is 9-2 since the All-Star break and has found an identity. The Rockets found out Thursday what more and more teams are discovering — the Jazz are starting to figure it out. And they have become a tough out. The Jazz are a defensive team: Since the All-Star break they are 9-2 allowing 90.6 points per 100 possessions, the best number in the NBA in that time (five of those 9 wins come against teams above .500). Rudy Gobert was doing his thing again Thursday — 22 rebounds, four blocks, altering many other shots — but what was different against the Rockets was the 19 points. He’s been an offensive liability, if that changes watch out. He only took 11 shots but played within himself — all his shots were at the rim. Just ask Terrence Jones.

Gordon Hayward was finding space to knock down three balls and get moving toward the rim, on his way to 29. Granted, Houston was on the second night of a brutal back-to-back (they lost to Portland Wednesday then had to fly overnight and play at altitude in Salt Lake the next day) but still, Utah is taking advantage of that now.

Wizards’ Kevin Seraphin ejected after delivering flagrant foul to Grizzlies’ Jon Leuer (VIDEO)


Late in the third quarter of Thursday night’s contest between the Wizards and the Grizzlies, the score was predictably lopsided in Washington’s favor, after Memphis chose to rest four of its starters.

But even with a 21-point lead in place, Kevin Seraphin decided to hammer Jon Leuer on a fast break dunk attempt, which caused him to fall awkwardly to the floor.

It’s unclear whether this was a culmination of smaller incidents between the two players that may have occurred throughout, or if Seraphin just made an unnecessary play to attempt to stop the easy two points.

Either way, the referees saw fit to eject Seraphin for his actions.

John Wall converts nifty scoop layup against Grizzlies (VIDEO)


The Grizzlies rested four of their starters for a nationally televised contest against the Wizards, and John Wall is taking full advantage.

Wall had 18 first-half points in helping his team get out to a double-digit lead, and finished this fast break with a nifty scoop layup that had his defenders turned around multiple times in looking for a way to stop him.