Magic Guard Arron Afflalo Ejected After Trying To Punch Nemanja Bjelica

Posted January 19, 2018

Between yesterday's Ben Simmons-Kyle Lowry beef and the Houston Rockets' attempt to invade the Clippers' locker room, it's been a insane week in the Association...and it's only two days old.

With 7:28 left in the second quarter of Wednesday's matchup between the Orlando Magic and Minnesota Timberwolves, a routine box out escalated into an on-court brawl between Magic guard Arron Afflalo and Timberwolves forward Nemanja Bjelica. Afflalo threw a huge punch that did not connect directly.

Afflalo will miss tonight's game at Cleveland and Sunday's game at Boston.

About four minutes later, Bjelica bumped into Afflalo after a shot. Bjelica, reacting, put Afflalo into a headlock, rendering him useless for the remainder of the time.

Since Afflalo was the main instigator in the fight and since he actually landed a punch, he will likely be dealt a heavy punishment by the league office.

Seeing the punch, it's very surprising that Afflalo only received two games for targeting Bjelica's head like that.

"I don't want to feel like a victim here, that's part of the game", Bjelica told the press after.

After the game, Bjelica was defensive when talking about the incident with ESPN. The rest of the game was played cleanly.