Nick Collison and Austin Rivers really wanted to maybe pretend like they might try to fight each other on Monday night. It started with a “hard screen,” then a little bump running down the court, and the next thing you know there’s an aggressive pat-a-cake game going down. Both players were ejected for excessive touching.
Whenever you hear Charles Barkley talk about tough guys, and how most players in the league don’t really want to fight, think of this “altercation.” Collison had a two-second window where he held Rivers jersey with his arm cocked, but never did anything. It’s amazing that the NBA would actually kick guys out of a game for this.