The fight that occurred during Wednesday’s win over the Toronto Raptors was dubbed “Hustle Tuesday” in the media because it was rare for any player or coach to get involved in a scuffle on the court. Wednesday night in Cleveland, six Cavaliers and Raptors players got involved in the dustup, which, according to ESPN, included multiple “altercations that resulted in technical fouls.”
LeBron James was the culprit for seemingly instigating the fight by bumping into the head of Toronto forward Kyle Lowry, who then threw his jersey at James. The then-Cavaliers player Kevin Love entered the fray and knocked Raptors star DeMar DeRozan to the ground while James stood over him. Raptors forward Serge Ibaka and Cavs guard J.R. Smith got in on the action, as did Cavs assistant coach Damon Jones.
In the end, Lowry and DeRozan received technical fouls while Ibaka and James were ejected from the game. James’ season-long ban, which comes on top of the four games he already missed because of the back injury he suffered in April, came after the Cavs star was charged with a technical foul earlier in the game when he picked up two technical fouls in the first half.
This is the second time this offseason that James has been suspended. On July 16, James was suspended for two games after being involved in an altercation with a fan who was taunting him during a Cleveland Cavaliers game. During that game in Los Angeles, James shoved a man who was threatening to blow up his car while James was signing autographs outside the Staples Center. James and the fan had both been removed from the Staples Center by security officers at the time the incident occurred.
Wednesday’s game against the Toronto Raptors was moved to an alternate day because of rain, and the Cavs will now play the Golden State Warriors in Toronto on Saturday, August 18.