If you've watched the Chicago Bulls-Brooklyn Nets series up to this point, you had to see some sort of altercation coming between Nate Robinson and C.J. Watson.
Things look to boil over on Saturday in Game 4.
On a scale of one to 10, with one being a few mean words exchanged and 10 being the Malice in the Palace, this little fracas would be about a six.
The two have been jawing all series and playing overly aggressive defense at times. In Robinson's case, that's especially out of the ordinary.
Leading up to the scrum, Robinson had converted on two huge buckets to key an 11-0 Bulls' run.
With the crowd fired up, Robinson was playing tight defense on Watson near the half-court line. Watson subtly swung a little chicken wing that appeared to graze Robinson's face.
Robinson vigorously "went for a steal."
But in the process, he whacked Watson pretty good in the midsection. The two became entangled and Watson quickly found out why Robinson could have had a career in the NFL coming out of the University of Washington.
UFC 159 is later on Saturday night, but Nate gave fans a little preview of the takedowns they may see at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.
Several players, coaches and officials kept the two from exchanging any punches, or should I say kept Robinson from making Watson scream.
Both players were assessed a technical and no major harm was done. However, Robinson did head to the locker room shortly after with a trainer.
Rachel Nichols of ESPN tweeted this shortly after:
Nate Robinson back after trip to locker room. Official word is he went to "change his shoes." Guessing that also translates into "cool off"— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) April 27, 2013
Robinson now occupies the role Watson assumed for the Bulls last season, and this rivalry has gotten more intense as the series has worn on.
We probably won't see any more roughhousing between the two moving forward. Hopefully, they have gotten the hostility out of their system. Surely, officials can be expected to monitor them closely moving forward.
I'm sure C.J. is grateful.
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