Things got heated last night when the Milwaukee Bucks and New Orleans Pelicans went at it in a game of who could be the worst team. With nothing other than lottery positioning on the line, the game was a general bore save for one moment when O.J. Mayo let his emotions get the best of him and he got physical with Greg Stiemsma.
With just over a minute left to go in the opening quarter of Friday’s game, Stiemsma tangled up Mayo on a screen set and Mayo wasn’t appreciative of how harsh the the big man was in the process. A s a result, Mayo came back and answered with his fist — connecting with Stiemsma’s throat.
Mayo was promptly ejected from the game, and Stiemsma hardly seemed fazed by the punch. Mayo has to be frustrated playing for a team that is tanking harder than anyone else in the NBA and that frustration came out in the form of a punch that landed him an ejection and will likely result in a fine as well.