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Kevin Durant ejected after blow to Justin Anderson’s head, league will review

The NBA sent out a memo to teams before the playoffs started emphasizing something they had told them before the season started: There would be a crackdown on blows to the head. Intentional or not.

Which is what happened with Kevin Durant late in the Thunder’s Game 4 win against the Mavericks.

Durant was clearly trying to block Dallas’ Justin Anderson’s shot from behind and in doing so just fouled him across the head. I’m not sold that warranted a Flagrant 2 and an ejection — the bar to clear is “unnecessary and excessive contact” and I’m not sold on excessive — that is how the league has told the referees to rule.

The league office will review this foul and could suspend Durant for Game 5. I don’t expect that, but predicting the league’s suspension policy is a fool’s errand.