Chicago Bulls head coach Billy Donovan was visibly upset at what Milwaukee Bucks guard Grayson Allen did to Alex Caruso.
Right at the middle of the third period of the Eastern Conference titanic clash, the Bulls went off for a fastbreak play after a Khris Middleton miss and a scramble for a loose ball. As handler Bulls rookie Ayo Dosunmu encountered Grayson Allen on the transition, he opted to pass the ball to the trailing Alex Caruso.
Caruso, who soared through the rim for a two-point bucket, was met at the summit by the contesting Allen and committed a harsh foul. The energizing guard fell awkwardly and slammed the ground hard on the sequence, which pushed the Chicago bench into panic mode.
The game officials slapped Allen a flagrant foul penalty 2, an automatic ejection. But from the eyes of Donovan, this assessment wasn’t enough.
Right at the post-game media availability, the first-year Bulls mentor expressed his worries about Allen’s shocking action.
“It was really, really dangerous to go after somebody like that … it wasn’t good,” Donovan said on Friday, per ESPN’s Jamal Collier. “It was not good.”
As such, the seven-year coach wants the NBA to review the play, further claiming that the move Allen committed was too much on its long history of recklessness since the collegiate days.
“He could have really jeopardized his career … on a guy that’s got a history of doing that all the way back to college.”
Allen has been a hot subject of scrutiny and backlash with regards to his involvement in tons of careless, dirty plays from the past. While the league hasn’t released a notice or a penalty yet about the foul, there must be an assumption that a corresponding punishment will possibly be landed.
The reigning champs eventually claimed the big-time close showdown, 94-90, behind the 30-12 double-double brilliance from Giannis Antetokounmpo. DeMar DeRozan was on a tear with a game-high 35 points and 6 boards, but it wasn’t enough to carry the Bulls who were currently missing the service of All-star swingman Zach LaVine and floor general Lonzo Ball.
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