Chicago Bulls’ Billy Donovan blasts Milwaukee Bucks’ Grayson Allen for ‘dangerous’ foul on Alex Caruso

MILWAUKEE — Chicago Bulls coach Billy Donovan wants the NBA to consider additional discipline for Milwaukee Bucks guard Grayson Allen after he was ejected in the third quarter of Milwaukee’s 94-90 win for a flagrant 2 foul on the Bulls guard Alex Caruso.

Caruso went up for a layup on a fast break with 5:45 left in the third quarter, but Allen hooked Caruso’s right arm, spinning Caruso through the air and sending him to the ground hard on his right wrist. Caruso said his wrist was “a little bumped” after the game, but X-rays came back negative.

“Dude just caught me in the air,” Caruso said after Friday’s game. “It’s kind of bulls—. I don’t know what else you can do about it. I’m just glad I didn’t have any major scary injuries right away.”

Caruso said his wrist continued to bother him in the second half, especially when shooting. He went 1 of 6 from the field for 3 points in the second half, but said he didn’t think the injury would persist long term.

Caruso added that Allen did not come to see him after the game.

The foul particularly angered Donovan, who is normally soft-spoken and rarely singles out players. But after Friday’s game, Donovan called Allen’s actions dangerous and cited his college basketball past at Duke.

“For Alex to be in the air and for [Allen] to bring him down like that, he could have ended his career,” Donovan said. “He has a history of that. For me, it was really — it was really dangerous. I hope the league will look carefully at something like that because it could have really, really badly hurt him.”

It was the first time Allen had been called for a flagrant foul this season and the second such foul in his career – despite being sent off from a Summer League game in 2019 after committing two fouls glaring every few seconds.

“I don’t think Grayson is a bad player,” Bucks forward Khris Middleton said. “He’s been great with us all season. In competition. In defence. He never really crossed the line. So I think we’re all disappointed to see him sent off for that foul.”

Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer didn’t think there was any malicious intent, but he didn’t challenge the referees’ decision to evaluate a Flagrant 2.

“I think it’s a close call,” Budenholzer said. “They went with flagrant 2 and I’m not going to disagree. It’s right on the border and that’s the direction they went. I just hope Caruso is healthy and comes out well “Unfortunate for Grayson, unhappy for us to have to finish without him. It’s a tough call, but that’s how they went.”

This is the first time in Allen’s NBA career that he has been ejected from a game.

“I know it’s a physical game and there are basket plays and there’s a lot of contact,” Donovan said, “but there’s a good way to go up and have physical when you do that. Not that way in my opinion.”

About Marc Womack

Check Also

Christian Yelich, other Milwaukee Brewers players to hit for the cycle

Christian Yelich was already the first Brewers player to hit multiple career cycles on Wednesday, …