Ibaka attempted to catch an inbounds pass with one second remaining in the third quarter, but the ball sailed over his head as he appeared to be held by Chriss. The fall seemed to be a harmless one initially, but then Ibaka got to his feet and rushed towards Chriss, to shove him in the back, before holding his neck and throwing down a punch.
Either way, it is good that both Chriss and Ibaka now know what punishments they will have to serve to put the ugly fight in their past.
One day after the fact, the National Basketball Association has responded by suspending Ibaka three game games.
His previous record of fighting during games had also been taken into consideration.
"I saw it out of the corner of my eye", Cavs forward Love told reporters. A Raptors spokesman said Ibaka was reacting to something Chriss said to him after the Toronto player was knocked to the floor. "It happened so fast".
Earlier in the game, Ibaka had hit the court hard in the second quarter after being fouled by Chriss following a rebound. Everybody nearly wants to run out there and check what's going on. The Raptors fell to 46-19 and 2.5 games behind Milwaukee for first place in the Eastern Conference. "That's usually how it goes".
The Cavaliers play Philadelphia on Tuesday night. Their next three games are home against the Lakers, at Detroit and home against the Knicks. "We don't certainly want that in the game, right? We don't want to lose one of our guys".
"The cost would be $149K for every game missed", Marks tweeted.