Marquese Chriss somehow suspended one game after being attacked by Serge Ibaka


Ibaka and Chriss were ejected for fighting 0:01 remaining in the third quarter of the Cavaliers' 126-101 victory over the Raptors on Monday night.

National Basketball Association referee Tony Brothers tries to break up a fight between Cleveland Cavaliers forward Marquese Chriss and Toronto Raptors centre Serge Ibaka in the third quarter of a game at Quicken Loans Arena on Monday night in Cleveland. Chriss and Ibaka were jockeying for position for the throw, which wound up out of bounds.

New details have shed light on the altercation that took place between the Raptors' Serge Ibaka and the Cavaliers' Marquese Chriss on Monday (March 11) night. Chriss responded with a punch before players from both teams separated the two. "What else was he supposed to do?" The league also noted his history of fighting during games. "But in the heat of the moment, I understand that things do happen". "If you get in a situation where clearly you're being attacked, your natural instinct is going to be to defend yourself".

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"I saw it out of the corner of my eye", the Cavs' Kevin Love said. "It was broken up quick and that's usually how it goes". We certainly don't want that in our game. 'Can't really make a comment on how or why they got into a first-fight, but I guess both guys were competing out there. He chalked it up to the emotional aspects of the game. It's an emotional game.

Ibaka will lose just shy of $450,000 in salary - about $149K per game, according to ESPN's Bobby Marks.

He went after the third-year pro, threw him into the stanchion and attempted to land a few punches before others jumped in to restrain the two.