Title: Serga Ibaka, Raptors lose their cool in Cleveland disaster; Malcolm Miller’s streak is over
Date: March 11, 2019
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrote about the Raptors turning a meaningless game in Cleveland into a borderline disaster and the death of Malcolm Miller’s near-historic winning streak.
WWE held their Fastlane pay-per-view event in Cleveland on Sunday night, the last stop on the road to Wrestlemania. Serge Ibaka and Marquese Chriss were a day late and are likely facing the most tired trope in wrestling: A suspension from an authority figure.
Late in the third quarter, Ibaka and Chriss got tangled in transition. Ibaka fell to the floor and Chriss must have said something that Ibaka didn’t take kindly. Ibaka popped to his feet, shoved Chriss, and the two engaged in an extended physical altercation. Full punches were thrown, with a few appearing to land despite the incoordination of the entire scene before teammates and officials managed to separate them.
Both players were ejected and will almost surely be facing suspensions now. Ibaka has a history of altercations like this with the likes of Robin Lopez, Blake Griffin and James Johnson. He’s been suspended three times as a Raptor. That will likely factor into the league’s decision making, as too will the fact that he was the physical initiator here. Honestly, the frequency with which players take swings or pushes at Ibaka is a bit of a running joke around the Raptors, but this was a bit much. You can’t be swinging fists. Ibaka will probably sit for a few games now.