The NBA's 2022-23 season regular season came to a halt on Sunday, as all 30 teams played in their final game. And if there was any indication of the players being ready for the season to end, look no further than the in-fighting that took place with several different ball clubs.
We can start in Minnesota, where Wolves center Rudy Gobert and teammate Kyle Anderson saw a verbal spat turn into blows.
Afterwards it came out what exactly prompted Gobert to swing at his teammate, as ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported exactly what promoted the dispute, citing Anderson giving Gobert some advice in a not-so-pleasant way.
Well then. But if you're like me and you live for the fisticuffs, you likely were hoping to see more of this, and we were given another gem during the LA Clippers-Phoenix Suns game. At the top of the final period with the Clippers trailing 82-86, Mason Plumlee and Bones Hyland exchanged some words also, which I'm assuming was more than simply what was for dinner after the game.
Although Eric Gordon is off the Rockets, he's still being haunted by in-fighting on the sidelines
The interesting aspect about this "skirmish" was the fact that former Rockets guard Eric Gordon was in attendance for the brouhaha, making it Gordon's second time bearing witness to such a skirmish this season. If you recall, Gordon also had a front-row view to the sideline skirmish between his former Rockets teammates, Jalen Green and Jabari Smith Jr. earlier in the year.
Gordon surely thought he had escaped the in-fighting amongst teammates when he got dealt to the Clippers at the trade deadline. Poor guy.
At least this time Gordon appeared to make more of an effort to diffuse the situation than when he just watched and turned his head during Green and Smith Jr.'s skirmish. Well, maybe not. I mean all he really did was put his arm out to Hyland after the fact.
Since being dealt to the Clips, Gordon has averaged 11 points on 47 percent from the field and 43.3 percent from deep. The pick that the Rockets received is currently in a three-way tie between the Clips, Miami Heat, and Golden State Warriors for the 18th pick, meaning the Rockets will get rid of the Milwaukee Bucks' pick (which was 30th) and land whichever pick the Clips get (which will fall between 18-20).
For Gordon, hopefully this is the last time he'll see two teammates going after each other on the sidelines. But if it isn't maybe he'll do more to intervene next time, like he did this time.