This NBA season had seen its share of altercations between fans and players. The Utah Jazz banned a fan who directed derogatory language at Russell Westbrook, and earlier in the season, Kevin Durant directed expletives at a courtside fan.
Another incident nearly unfolded during the Raptors’ 123-109 win in Game 3 of the NBA Finals in Oakland.
With the Raptors looking to steal a game in Oakland, Kyle Lowry went all out to save a loose ball in the fourth quarter. Lowry went flying at full speed into the fans seated courtside at Oracle Arena, and after the hard collision, a fan off to the side shoved the Raptors guard.
Oddly enough, ESPN’s Jeff Van Gundy sided with the fan.
Lowry took exception and tried to communicate to the refs that a fan shoved him. The dude may have paid $20,000 for his courtside seat, but that doesn’t give him the freedom to push players — albeit a very light push.
The fan wasn’t even part of the collision.
After the brief delay, the quarter continued without incident.
After the game, Lowey addressed the incident, saying, “There’s no place for that. He had no reason to touch me.”
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