Andrew Bogut, LaMarcus Aldridge, Mo Williams Start Warriors-Trail Blazers Fight

Andy Bailey@@AndrewDBaileyFeatured ColumnistNovember 24, 2013

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It looks like there's some bad blood brewing between a pair of Western Conference up-and-comers.

UPDATE: Monday, November 25 at 4:55 p.m. ET

Here's the NBA's official release on the fines and suspensions handed out:

Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut and Portland Trail Blazers guard Mo Williams have each been suspended one game without pay for fighting after Bogut initiated an incident by elbowing Trail Blazers center Joel Freeland in the jaw.

In addition, for escalating the incident, Portland forward LaMarcus Aldridge has been fined $45,000, and Portland guard Wesley Matthews and Golden State forward Draymond Green have been fined $20,000 each. The incident occurred with 3:42 remaining in the third quarter of the Trail Blazers' 113-101 win over the Warriors on Saturday, Nov. 23 at Oracle Arena.

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UPDATE: Monday, November 25 at 3:10 p.m. ET

Alex Kennedy of Hoopsworld passes along how much time and money each player will miss.

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UPDATE: Monday, November 25 at 2:30 p.m. ET

Suspensions and fines have been handed out from the scrap, via Sam Amick of USA Today:

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Original Text

In the third quarter of Saturday night's game between the Portland Trail Blazers and Golden State Warriors, a fight broke out after Andrew Bogut and Joel Freeland got tangled up under the rim. 

The situation escalated when LaMarcus Aldridge and Mo Williams charged into the scene:

After officials sorted everything out, some of the ejections were pretty confusing:

Naturally, people all over Twitter wondered why Andrew Bogut wasn't ejected for his role in the melee. An argument could very easily be made that the Warriors center was the instigator:

Your guess is as good as mine on why or how Bogut avoided getting the boot. ESPN's Ethan Strauss may have provided the best explanation: 

The fact that Aldridge remained in the game is pretty curious as well. After all, the whole thing may have been nothing more than a tangle-up had Aldridge and Williams not elevated it to the scrum it became.

Jermaine O'Neal, who was a key player in the "Malice in the Palace," was also involved, but in a decidedly less violent fashion:

Once the teams started playing basketball again, the Blazers took over, outscoring the Warriors 42-22 from that point to the end of the game and winning by a final score of 113-101.

When asked about the situation after the game, Bogut refused to comment:

This game may be over, but the conflict is far from resolved. The league office will undoubtedly take a look at all the footage. Fines and suspensions could be levied.

The two teams will meet for three more regular-season games. The next one is in Golden State on January 26.


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