Double Ejection in Jazz vs Cavs Game After Groin Shot
Monday night on ESPN featured LeBron James and his Cavs from "The Land" visiting Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, UT against Derrick Favors and his Jazz. Cleveland was coming off of a monster 114-90 win over the Los Angeles Clippers this past Sunday and a 3-0 start to a four game road trip making this matchup the finale. The Jazz entered this matchup riding a two game win streak. Utah hasn't been too kind to Cleveland as they have posted a 6-1 record against the Cavs in Salt Lake City over the last seven seasons.
Cleveland vet Channing Frye was guarding Utah rookie Trey Lyles around the four minute mark in the final quarter when Lyles tried to get some elbow room. In the process, he hit Frye in the no-nos and the two immediately butted heads. When Jazz player Ingles tried to separate the two, Frye threw a punch that was less than under average. I think he was trying to hit a fly two inches away from his collar bone. You be the judge.
Both guys were ejected after a lengthy review courtesy of the officials. Jazz outlasted The Cavs with a final score of 94-85. Utah was without their star player Gordon Hayward due to injury which makes this victory an important one as they are sitting at the 9 spot in the Western Conference standings with a 32-35 record. Cleveland is still the top team in the Eastern Conference with a 47-19 record.
Utah's Rodney Hood was the star of the the game finishing with 28 points, 2 boards, and 1 assist but most importantly a plus-minus of +11.