TAMPA, Fla. — Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon on Sunday was once given a flagrant-1 unfavorable after offering a shoulder test to Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry in transition.
The play was once considered by many as retaliation on Lowry from a outdated incident at some level of the bubble, at some level of which Gordon was once injured.
On that play, Lowry gave Gordon a tough unfavorable on a layup are attempting, but the Magic forward inadvertently injured his hamstring and disregarded the relaxation of his time within the bubble. Gordon is peaceable dealing with the effects of that ruin, and only not too long within the past had his minutes restriction lifted.
Then again, the retribution might perchance were from a play that occurred within the second quarter on Sunday.
After dishing a leisurely-the-abet pass to teammate Nikola Vucevic, Gordon went into position to atomize the glass on a likely disregarded shot. Lowry was once there to field him out, but regarded to produce a gesture honest right into Gordon’s knee.
Gordon would snappily exit the recreation following the play to possess his knee examined within the locker room. He within the slay returned, and was once declared to possess suffered a hyperextended knee.
Magic head coach Steve Clifford took bid with the play by Lowry.
“We’re truly lucky, by the methodology, that [Aaron] didn’t to find hurt worse within the distinguished half together with his knee with the Kyle Lowry, no matter you wish to name it, block-out of the ball,” Clifford said. “He hit him honest right within the knee, man. It’s a unhealthy play. A man might likely to find hurt badly. The officers saw it at halftime, they told me. Nonetheless again, it is likely you’ll likely hurt anyone badly doing that.”
This was once the offensive possession prior to Aaron Gordon picking up a flagrant unfavorable, and therefore having to head to the locker room. pic.twitter.com/2aKtBfzhCc
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Lowry took exception with the retaliation shot by Gordon, and had to be held abet by teammates following the incident.
The 2 players did not possess some other bid the relaxation of the recreation, but the Magic and Raptors will meet again Tuesday in Orlando.
Gordon later suffered a left ankle ruin within the third quarter and was once ruled out of returning to the recreation by the Magic. Since he was once injured, he did not focus on to the media after the recreation and his space on Tuesday is peaceable to be obvious.
The NBA opinions each and each technical and flagrant unfavorable issued, and has the authority to additional discipline Gordon whereas they’ll also retroactively assess Lowry with a technical unfavorable or conceivable pleasing, upon review.