In case you were busy watching Game of Thrones reruns all night night, you probably missed Rockets vs. Mavericks turning into one helluva shit-talking cook show last night as we learned how to slow-roast the ultimate NBA beef stew. Beef was once when you “rolled no less than thirty deep,” though it took the entire Houston and Dallas squads collectively to reach that number. And man, did it get verbally chippy.
The in-game display wasn’t as filthy as the post-game reactions and overall lack of respect, but let’s see how this snowballed. First there was Andrew Bogut’s brick-wall screen on legendary beard grower James Harden that was called a flagrant foul.
This didn’t make Harden too happy, and it showed later on as he drained this deep three-pointer and stared Bogut down like he was a piece of garbage that wouldn’t get in the can.
Anger of which motivated the Rockets guard and led to this..
Then there was the Trevor Ariza and Salah Mejri incidents, which led to Ariza reportedly waiting outside the Mavericks’ locker room to confront the young Center, per ESPN.
According to a source, Mejri made a derogatory comment to Ariza about Ariza’s wife and children between the third and fourth quarters.
Ariza became so upset that he exchanged words with Mejri, which prompted the referees to give Ariza a technical, his second of the game, leading to an ejection.
After the game, Ariza dressed and walked toward the Dallas locker room, accompanied by two security guards. As Ariza and several Houston teammates — including Patrick Beverley, James Harden and Eric Gordon — waited for Mejri, Dallas police officers already outside the locker room as part of their regular detail monitored the situation to make sure it did not escalate.
In game he was just as pissed.
Patrick Beverley wasn’t too happy either.
And that’s all folks.