Though these tewo teams are near rivalries thanks to the Cleveland-Miami-Boston connection, there have been few physical situations to note that. At least until now as reserve guards Alan Anderson and Ray Allen get into a scuffle after physical play in the high post:
Neither of the two guards are noted tough guys, but even those players lose their temper, especially in the playoffs where each possessions feels like the difference between winning and losing a game. After checking the replay, the referees decided to hand out double-technical fouls.
After the Zach Randolph situation with Steven Adams in the first round, one wonders how the NBA will settle this situation as Allen placed his hand/elbow on Anderson’s throat and Anderson responded with a thrown forearm, though he didn’t connect. Despite it being the playoffs, the NBA doesn’t have a high tolerance from violence. A suspension would throw either play into the list with Randolph and Washington’s Nene. Odds are both players walk away safe.
For Anderson, this won’t be remembered much as his team is putting a whooping on the Miami Heat, widening the lead with jump shots on jump shots. With less than eight minutes left in the fourth quarter, the Nets lead the Heat 92-75.