LOS ANGELES – The great New York Knicks man, Bobby Portis, was expelled in the first half of Tuesday’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers for knocking Kentavious Caldwell-Pope hard on the head while the Lakers guard was in the air.
The Lakers led the Knicks 39-30 with 8:02 remaining in the second quarter when Caldwell-Pope sneaked in for a transition from a Rajon Rondo feed when Portis, dragging himself from behind, swung his right arm, hitting the top of Caldwell – The pope’s head with the inside of the biceps.
The blow sent the Caldwell-Pope armband flying and the game ended with Caldwell-Pope on the floor wincing in pain as many of his Lakers teammates – LeBron James and Rondo among them – faced Portis.
Following the review of an official, Portis was assessed a flagrant foul 2 and sent off.
Caldwell-Pope, after massaging the sides of his head while being followed by athletic Lakers coach Nina Hsieh while remaining on the floor, left the game to receive further medical attention.
Lakers guard Danny Green was elected free throws in place of Caldwell-Pope, going 1 to 2.
The Lakers claimed that Caldwell-Pope was subjected to a concussion assessment that was negative. He returned with 2:21 remaining in the third quarter.
Physical play continued in the third quarter when former Laker Reggie Bullock was called in for a flagrant foul 1 for a knockdown similar to a horse collar in downtown Los Angeles JaVale McGee.