Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson may have escaped an NBA-imposed suspension for his ejection involving Miami guard Goran Dragic in Friday’s win over the Heat. But Clarkson’s wallet still became a tad lighter.
The NBA fined Clarkson $15,000 for what the league considered “throwing a forearm above the shoulders” to Dragic. After Clarkson lightly pushed Dragic because of his belief that he hit him in the stomach, Dragic then bumped back harder, prompting Clarkson to push back partly by using his forearms to send Dragic to the ground.
Dragic then approached Clarkson, who immediately struck a boxer’s stance. Before the tussle could escalate any further, Lakers forward Luol Deng pulled Clarkson away while Miami coach Erik Spoelstra intervened on Dragic’s behalf. Officials then ejected both Clarkson and Dragic with 5:29 left in the third quarter.