The Enes Kanter and LeBron scuffle was fun but we knew there was a zero chance of a punch being thrown. The Joel Embiid and Willie Reed scuffle was also fun and I would say we had about a 20% chance of a punch because Reed really looked like he wanted to beat Embiid’s ass worse than Embiid was whipping him and DeAndre Jordan’s ass on the court.
Later that night, during the Warriors and Magic game, David West and Marreese Speights got into a scuffle and I thought we had a 50-50 chance of seeing a punch thrown. West is known as one of the toughest guys in the league (ignore that image of him and Tristan Thompson kissing) and Mo Buckets looks like the guy directors want in their prison movie to beat up the lead actor/innocent character in the yard. Unfortunately, nothing really happened besides some trash-talking, mean-mugging from West and a smile from Speights.
What makes this scuffle so amusing is West was basically Speights’ replacement in Golden State last year so it was kind of like watching two different models of the same thing compete against each other or a real life NBA version of the Spider-Man clone meme (two Spider-Mans pointing at each other). Or you could say this was the NBA version of John Woo’s 90’s classic ‘Face-Off.’
All jokes aside, West actually put up some decent numbers in limited minutes: 4 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 steal and a block in just 14 minutes. The Magic’s Elfrid Payton played 25 minutes and finished with the same amount of points, assists and nine less rebounds.
BONUS: WEST GETTING MAD
AT KEVIN GARNETT
AT PERO ANTIC
AT BLAKE GRIFFIN
AT SPENCER HAWES
AT UDONIS HASLEM
AT TRISTAN THOMPSON
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— David Astramskas (@redapples) June 13, 2017