The "Steve Blake doesn't play games" book added another chapter on Sunday night, when the Blazers guard delivered a flagrant forearm to the chest of Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried during Portland's 116-100 home win.
With the Blazers holding a comfortable 13-point lead and a little over seven minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, Blake absorbed a bump from Faried as he played perimeter defense. Reacting instinctively, the 6-foot-3 Blake turned around and immediately rammed the 6-foot-8 Faried using his left shoulder and arm, causing Faried to fall backwards to the court. Blake then stood over Faried and the two players exchanged words before teammates and referees could intervene.
Here's a look at Blake's aggressive response and Faried's delayed reaction, which appeared to be accentuated with a bit of flopping.
The two players received offsetting technical fouls while Blake was also hit with a flagrant foul one, a designation that applies to contact that is deemed "unnecessary." Blake and Faried were allowed to remain in the game.
"[Blake] ran into the back pick and he got mad about it and pushed me," Faried said, according to the Associated Press. "Yeah, I fell down to make sure the ref saw it."
The exchange proved to be nothing more than a humorous blip on the radar as the Blazers held on for the routine double-digit victory. LaMarcus Aldridge led all scorers with 28 points, nine rebounds and four assists. Wesley Matthews added 21 points, six rebounds and three assists in the win.
Faried led the Nuggets with 19 points and seven rebounds. Ty Lawson and Arron Afflalo each added 18 points in a losing effort.
Portland improved to 4-3. Denver dropped to 1-5.