Devin Harris Ejected in Loss to Cavs

Frankie AnetzbergerContributor IIDecember 16, 2009

Was this a dirty play by Devin Harris or was it just basketball? Last night Cleveland Cavaliers forward Jamario Moon was attempting a dunk on a semi-fast break and was hit hard by Nets guard Devin Harris. Quickly after Moon hit the ground, Cavaliers players quickly surrounded Devin and made sure he knew they weren't pleased. No punches were thrown, but I'm sure some interesting words were exchanged.

The officials issued a flagrant -two foul and Harris was ejected. Although it appeared to be a dirty play, I don't think Harris meant any harm. It looked like he fouled Jamario out of frustration. It makes sense to foul him and make sure he doesn't get the bucket, but it appeared Devin went for Moon's head instead of the ball. Again, I don't think he meant any harm but I agree with the official's call. Harris denied that the foul was intentional and told reporters, "I wasn't trying to [hurt him]," said Harris, one of three Net 20-point scorers -- Brook Lopez (22, but just two after halftime) and Rafer Alston (20) were the others. "It was just the fall, I tried to not let him get the ball up, but he did kind of fall hard." Moon said, ""Not at all. I've never known him to make dirty plays. I don't think it was dirty at all. It was a basketball play, it wasn't as bad as it looked."

Lebron appeared to take more offense then any other player in the scuffle. Brian Windhorst of the Cleveland Plain Dealers tells us Lebron has been undercut on fast breaks and knows how hard the fall can be. Although Moon was only hit in the head, the reigning MVP made sure to protect his teammate. "That's always in the back of my mind when I see that sort of play," Lebron told the Plain Dealer.