Weird night in the Association. First, in response to reports that John Wall was knowingly stealing Zydrunas Ilgauskas' swag, as well as jocking his style, Big Z took the opportunity to elbow the Wizards rookie in the face three times in Washington last night in retaliation. John Wall came back at Z with some type of rib punch thing. Then Coach Spo ran around on the court and restored peace. That video is below:
Hat Tip: YouTube / BlazersedgeBen
I watched that one happen last night, thinking that was strange enough, only to find out that Dominique Wilkins was attacked by a fan / ex-ref / ex-guy who sold the Human Highlight Reel suits or something. Word is that 'Nique landed "three solid punches" in the fight though.
Here's those details from the Atlanta Journal Constitution:
Rashan S. Michel -- who allegedly punched Wilkins after the Hawks-Magic game because, he said, Wilkins owed him money -- tweeted, "I call what happened at Philips Arena earlier, Operation Repo...next time have my money!" Michel, 36, was arrested and charged with one count of simple battery following the incident. Michel was released from the Fulton County Jail on $1,000 bond early Thursday.
Michel, who told police he was owed money for suits purchased several years ago, hit Wilkins in the chest and also hit a security guard, said Officer Kim Jones, an Atlanta police spokeswoman. Michel, of Atlanta, has worked as an NBA and college basketball referee and previously owned his own clothing company.
NBA.com's Sekou Smith tweeted that Wilkins got in three "solid" punches during the brief fight, while his assailant landed none.
I obviously have Wilkins' back here if needed. We met prior to a Cavs / Hawks game earlier this season, and our conversation went something like this as I recall: "Hey what's up 'Nique, I was a big fan back in the day." To which he responded as he looked down: "Thanks guy, I appreciate that." And as a guy that knows him like I do as a result, he totally doesn't come off like someone who wouldn't pay for suits. The AJC also has a picture of the attacker's beat up face at the link above by the way.
Lastly, the Cavs winning streak was snapped last night. They played hard, I watched it, and I appreciated the fact that they came down to the wire rather than just getting rocked after all the energy they put forth on Tuesday. The Cavs had a shot at the end, but they didn't get the play they wanted off initially, called timeout with 2.5 seconds left, and Anthony Parker launched a failed attempt at a game winner as the buzzer sounded. BDizzle was covered.
From Rick at WFNY on last night's game:
"Since the Cavs beat Memphis, way back at the end of November, they are now 0-10 in games following a win. In those games before last night, they lost by an average of 14.1 points, and that includes close games against the Wizards (which was a stinkfest by both teams) and on the other side of the all-star break against the Rockets.
All of this to say I believe Cleveland was ready to give them a pass heading into the game against the Bobcats a night after sending James, Wade and Bosh away like trick-or-treaters who missed out on the candy.
But the team did not take the night off. Despite early foul trouble by Hickson and Hollins, the team rebounded and nearly pulled one out against the Bobcats. They had the ball at the end of the game with a chance to win on the road, and you really can’t ask much more from any team, particularly coming on the second night of back-to-back games."