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Arron Afflalo Fined $15K for Excessive Contact Against Jazz's Alec Burks

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistDecember 2, 2014

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The NBA has reportedly fined Denver Nuggets guard Arron Afflalo for his flagrant foul on Utah Jazz guard Alec Burks during Monday's game.    

According to Chris Dempsey of The Denver Post, Afflalo was handed a $15,000 fine due to a hit above the shoulders on Burks:

Chris Dempsey @chrisadempsey

#Nuggets G Arron Afflalo fined $15,000 for making "excessive contact above the shoulders" w/ Utah's Alec Burks last night.

Dempsey also noted that the NBA won't suspend Afflalo and that he will be allowed to play in Denver's next game against Portland Tuesday night:  

Chris Dempsey @chrisadempsey

He is not suspended, and will be available tonight for the #Nuggets game against Portland

The play occurred during the fourth quarter with Denver up 90-86. Burks took a fast-break pass from Gordon Hayward and attempted to go for a layup. Afflalo appeared to be going for the block but instead made contact with Burks' head, which dropped him hard to the floor. 

Officials reviewed the play and assessed Afflalo a flagrant-2 foul that resulted in an immediate ejection. After the game, Afflalo told Dempsey that he was just trying to go for a block:

Chris Dempsey @chrisadempsey

Afflalo on the Flagrant 2: "I was trying to go for a block pretty much. I’m not trying to be a tough guy, not trying to commit a hard foul."

TNT NBA analyst Matt Winer seemed to agree with Afflalo's assessment of the play, though he acknowledged the referees were put in a difficult spot with the way the play unfolded:

Matt Winer @MattWinerTV

Aaron Afflalo fined $15 grand for his flagrant 2 v Alec Burks last night. Tough play to call b/c I don't think there was any ill intent.

Burks was able to finish the game for Utah. The good news for Denver is that Afflalo won't miss any time, as he's been a valuable piece for the Nuggets this season. The veteran is averaging 14.5 points and 3.1 rebounds per game. 

The Nuggets are off to a slow start this season, boasting a 9-8 record after Monday's win over Utah. They are currently in second place in the Northwest Division. 

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