Lakers guard/forward Nick Young was ejected from a Friday night game against the Thunder for delivering an elbow to the throat of Steven Adams.
Lakers guard/forward Nick Young was ejected during the Lakers' 104-103 loss Friday night against the Thunder for delivering an elbow to the throat of Steven Adams.
With a little more than 11 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter and the Thunder leading 82-76, Adams set a screen on Young on the perimeter. Rather than work around the screen, Young took exception to the contact, first swinging his right arm over the top of Adams' head and then delivering an elbow to Adams' throat. Adams was whistled for an offensive foul on the play.
The officiating crew reviewed the play and assessed a flagrant foul 2, a designation that applies to contact that is deemed "unnecessary and excessive" and which requires an automatic ejection.
The NBA league office will review the play and determine whether or not to tack on an additional fine and/or suspension.
Young departed with 10 points and two rebounds in 13 minutes.
Adams, one of the NBA's most successful and notorious instigators, didn't react to Young's high contact and escaped any further punishment.