Brook Lopez Wants Serge Ibaka to Run His Twin Brother's Fade

Apr 05, 2017, 00:53
Brook Lopez Wants Serge Ibaka to Run His Twin Brother's Fade

The Bulls go into Tuesday's game against the Raptors at the Air Canada Centre having won 11 in a row against Toronto, including twice this season.

"I like the fight, but we have to be smarter than that", Raptors coach Dwane Casey said during the telecast. Leandro Barbosa scored 13, Alex Len had 12 points and 11 rebounds, and T.J. Warren scored 12 for the Suns.

Nikola Mirotic scored a season-high 28 points in 38 minutes, hitting 12 of 15 shots while Jimmy Butler scored was flawless on his six shots, scoring 16 with 12 assists and five rebounds in 33 minutes, as the Bulls shot 59 percent from the field.

The brouhaha began after Lopez swatted the ball away from the Raptors' big man. The two had words. The Bulls' center took the first shot, and Ibaka responded.

"The toughness that he brings, the intensity he brings on the defensive end, you can't do nothing but follow suit when you see a guy like that going out there every single play, putting his all into stopping a guy like Jimmy Butler". DeRozan was knocked over in the melee. Maybe we'll get a grudge match. "But that's '80s basketball I guess".

Both Ibaka and Lopez were ejected from the game, while Nikola Mitotic and Toronto assistant coach Jamaal Magloire were given technical fouls. Hefty fines and lengthy suspensions are what's in store for any player that decides to cross that line.

"I just hope the league will do a better job to watch, because if that was me, we would not get to that point, punching and stuff", Ibaka said after the game. And like I man I have to defend myself. "I was just trying to get him off me".

The most recent game involving a fight occurred on December 2006 at Madison Square Garden between Nuggets and Knicks which resulted in seven players being suspended a total of 47 games.

Lopez said he felt like he was being held back while Ibaka wasn't.

Tucker discussed his own incident with Griffin, where he threw a shot at Griffin while they were tangled up on the ground about three years ago and got a game for that. "Believe me, Serge Ibaka doesn't have a malicious bone in his body, he's a competitor, so is Lopez". I think everybody in this organization, from the players, all the way up top, has Robin's back. "People were telling me during the game". "If we're going to take this to another level, we need him to pick up his defence. And that proved to be the (case) with Fred (VanVleet) picking it up, Norm (Powell) picking it up, guys coming in and playing tough".

The Bulls dropped a 122-120 overtime game to the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday, but that wasn't the headline.

At the start of the night on Wednesday, the Bulls sit in 10th place in the Eastern Conference standings, two full games behind the Miami Heat for the eighth and final playoff spot.

People will point to the fight between Serge Ibaka and Robin Lopez as the biggest energy-changing moment of the game, but the hustle DeRozan exerted to snatch this steal (and then set up Tucker) was what reinvigorated an ACC crowd resigned to a 12th-straight loss to Chicago.

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