We would like to report an unwritten rules violation in Cleveland Cavaliers-Philadelphia 76ers.
The Sixers held an eight-point lead with under 20 seconds remaining at Quicken Loans Arena and appeared to be running out the clock on an impressive victory — until T.J. McConnell passed to Dario Saric, who inexplicably drove the lane and dunked for a totally meaningless bucket.
The ball landed in the hands of Cleveland’s Jordan Clarkson, who, uh, expressed his displeasure.
Clarkson’s ball toss sparked a mini kerfuffle, as several Cavs players seemed peeved by Saric’s act of disrespect. The replay even showed Saric’s own teammates — including Joel Embiid — questioning why he would run up the score like that.
So, what was Saric thinking? It’s possible the second-year Croatian forward was unaware of the imaginary line he crossed.
“It was not against the Cavs organization,” Saric said after Philly’s 108-97 win, via Cleveland.com. “I saw Ben (Simmons) dunk the ball and I wanted to do the same. In one way, I want to apologize to them, because I finished that ball.”
Clarkson, who was ejected in the skirmish, didn’t seem in the mood for accepting apologies.
“They know what’s up,” Clarkson said. “That’s it.”
What won’t make the Cavs any happier: Cleveland is now 7 1/2 games back of first place in the Eastern Conference and is dangerously close to the mid-conference clutter, as just three games separate them and the seventh-place Milwaukee Bucks.
Thumbnail photo via Ken Blaze/USA TODAY Sports Images
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