Gordon Hayward wasn't a happy camper after the game, though
During the second quarter of the game, Hayward got tangled with Mavs' guard Delonte West. When he went to walk away, West inexplicably walked up to him and then…stuck his finger in Hayward's ear.
Yeah, I know. A shudder was my reaction, too.
The Jazz announcers also couldn't believe it, and felt that West should have been thrown out of the game. He was given a technical foul, but remained in the game. A day later, he's still waiting to see if he will be fined for his actions.
So, thoughts? Should West be punished for this action? I can't imagine it's a good idea to allow guys to go around doing this on a regular basis. While Hayward was heated, he handled it well. I'm guessing there are a lot of players who wouldn't react as kindly to someone shoving a finger in their ear. Actually, take the NBA player out of this: if someone walked by you on the street and pulled this, I'm guessing you wouldn't calmly walk away and ignore it either.
Here's the video:
Oh, right. The game. Hayward finished with 24 points and five assists, while Al Jefferson had a monster game with 28 points and 26 rebounds.