Norris Cole, Jeff Pendergraph, Flo Rida's manager ejected from Game 7
In a wacky, forgettable footnote from Miami's 99-76 victory over Indiana in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals on Monday, two players and one posse member were ejected during a garbage-time exchange.
With a little more than two minutes remaining in the fourth quarter and the Heat leading 96-70, Pacers reserve big man Jeff Pendergraph set multiple high screens on Heat reserve guard Norris Cole. After the second screen, the 6-foot-9 Pendergraph simply shoved the 6-2 Cole with both of his arms, sending him stumbling back toward mid-court.
Both players were immediately ejected by referee Ken Mauer, who clearly had no patience for any hijinks, considering the game's circumstances. Things then took a turn for the strange, when TNT's Craig Sager reported that a manager for the rapper Flo Rida was also ejected from his courtside seat near the Pacers' bench for trash talking with Pendergraph. TNT cameras caught Flo Rida smiling with his arm around an unoccupied black chair as play resumed.
"Well, a lot of conversation going on, a lot of trash talking over here by the Indiana bench," Sager reported. "It actually was Flo Rida's manager who was ejected. He and Pendergraph had been going back and forth, it got to be such a distraction that the officials came over and tried to eject him. He wanted to stay put. However, Flo Rida said, 'You're my manager, but you've got to get out of here now.'"
Cole finished with eight points and four assists, including an alley-oop toss to LeBron James, in 19 minutes. Pendergraph finished with two points in one minute.
Flo Rida and his manager both received DNP-CDs. The Heat will play host to San Antonio in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday.