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Magic’s Nicholson ejected for late cheap shot on Cavs’ Varejao (VIDEO)

Dec 14, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

Near the very end of the Cavaliers’ win over the Magic on Friday, Orlando’s Andrew Nicholson was called for a flagrant two foul that resulted in an automatic ejection for shoving Anderson Varejao to the floor.

Apparently Nicholson didn’t appreciate the fact that Varejao scored the meaningless basket with the Cavs up six and just 10 seconds remaining, but being only a two-possession game at the time and considering that Varejao received the pass at the rim with no one around him, scoring the ball was hardly deserving of Nicholson’s response.

Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal had the postgame reaction:

“I didn’t mean to hurt him, I didn’t try to hurt him,” Nicholson said. “I didn’t think I pushed him that hard. But it’s part of the game.”

Waiters called it a “cheap shot” even though he didn’t actually see it. Neither did Mike Brown. Waiters had his back turned and heard Varejao hollering on the ground in pain. Waiters thought he heard Nicholson say something like, “You  don’t do that,” referring to the unnecessary basket, but he wasn’t sure. …

As for Varejao’s point of view of the whole thing, he didn’t see it either. He simply laid the ball in and was shoved. Live it didn’t look malicious, but on the replay it was clear Nicholson extended both arms in shoving Varejao. “I was surprised,” Varejao said. “The game was over and there was no reason for that.”

It was an unnecessary cheap shot, but one that likely won’t require any additional punishment from the league in the form of a fine or suspension.

  1. davidly - Dec 14, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    A flagrant and a flop on the same play. What are we gonna do?

  2. seanb20124 - Dec 14, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    Learned that dive from Neymar no doubt

  3. johngalt1783 - Dec 14, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    Nicholson is a four year college player so one would think that he some degree of intelligence.

    If he didn’t like Varejao taking that shot with 10 seconds left Nicholson should just have walked up to Varejao after the game and asked him why he took the shot. Then to out help the Magic beat the Cavs in their next encounter.

    I expected more from Nicholson

    As for Varejao taking the shot. I guess he could have tried to dribble it out assuming they had 10 seconds left on the shot clock. If he was fouled then go to the FT line and make at least one of two FT, he is a good enough FT shooter to do that. Of course there would still be a risk the ball could be stolen from him while he was attempting to dribble out the clock and game. I agree it was reasonable on his part to take that shot.

  4. titansbro - Dec 14, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    He barely made contact! Is this what the NBA has come to? What a flop. He should be suspended for soccer flopping.

  5. 407magic - Dec 14, 2013 at 2:58 PM

    I’ve seen harder shoves from a 5 year old lol. If anything it’s a flagrant 1 since varsjo flopped and you see mike brown tell him to not get up.
    I think Andrew thought about it and backed off the last second but still made contact. The cav who came over should be fined too for going after Andrew.

  6. samsonight1010 - Dec 14, 2013 at 3:28 PM

    Let that twat play a game of one on one with dwyane wade to see who’s dirtier

  7. xLith - Dec 15, 2013 at 12:06 AM

    Dude held his knee like he shredded an ACL………

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