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OKC Thunder: Nick Collison ejected after shoving match with Pelicans' Austin Rivers

The two exchanged shoves and had to be separated before coming to blows.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: April 14, 2014
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photo - Oklahoma City Thunder forward Nick Collison, left, and New Orleans Pelicans guard Austin Rivers, third right, get into a scuffle in the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Monday, April 14, 2014. Both were ejected from the game. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Nick Collison, left, and New Orleans Pelicans guard Austin Rivers, third right, get into a scuffle in the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Monday, April 14, 2014. Both were ejected from the game. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Thunder forward Nick Collison and New Orleans guard Austin Rivers were ejected in the second quarter of the Thunder’s 101-89 loss to the Pelicans on Monday night.

The two exchanged shoves and had to be separated before coming to blows.

The incident began on a Thunder offensive possession. Collison attempted to set a screen on Rivers, who took exception to the contact and pushed Collison. Collison threw both arms in the air and looked around for the refs to make a call. It didn’t come.

As the two transitioned to the other end, Collison then took matters into his own hands, delivering a forceful forearm shove into Rivers’ back. Rivers turned and charged at Collison, who appeared to briefly cock back his fist. The two were then separated and a double technical foul was called before referees reviewed the incident and upgraded it to double ejections.

It was the first ejection of Collison’s career.

COLLEGE PLAYER OF THE YEAR A THUNDER FAN

Creighton forward Doug McDermott, who was being presented with the Oscar Robertson Trophy as the National Player of the Year at the Devon Energy College Basketball Awards gala on Monday night at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, called the Thunder his favorite NBA team.

“I’m actually a big Thunder fan,” McDermott said. “I’ve always liked Kevin Durant and the thing they have going here.”

McDermott, who is projected to be a first-round pick in the June draft, said he’s been a long-time follower of Durant.

“When he was at Texas, my dad (Creighton coach Greg McDermott) was at Iowa State and I got to see him play in person so I’ve always liked him,” McDermott said. “(Russell) Westbrook definitely. We came down for a playoff game two years ago against the Grizzlies just to watch them play.”

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by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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