Atlanta Hawks star Al Horford has been ejected from Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals after picking up a flagrant-2 foul against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
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The Hawks lead the Cavs 49-48 at the interval, but Horford’s loss will be a huge blow for the visitors after he put up 14 points and grabbed four rebounds in his 19 minutes on the court before being tossed.
The incident came right before half time as the Hawks center hustled for a loose ball with Cavs point guard Matthew Dellavedova crashing into his leg with replays showing that Horford risked his ankle turning over.
It was similar to a play in Game 2 which left Kyle Korver with a severe ankle sprain that has ruled him out of the rest of the post-season, and so the Hawks naturally reacted angrily after the Australian pulled a similar move.
While there is no suggestion that Dellavedova has done anything intentionally, it certainly raises the question as to whether the officials need to start looking at his actions more closely in order to prevent further injuries down the line.
Nevertheless, Cleveland will now look to exploit the loss of Horford and take a 3-0 series lead as they hope to take another step towards making the NBA Finals.