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Marquese Chriss, Jared Dudley cheap shot Ricky Rubio, get ejected (VIDEO)

Jared Dudley, Marquese Chriss, Ricky Rubio

Phoenix Suns’ Jared Dudley (3) and Marquese Chriss (0) stand nearby after shoving Utah Jazz’s Ricky Rubio, right, to the court during the second of an NBA basketball game Thursday, March 15, 2018, in Salt Lake City. Dudley and Chriss were ejected with a flagrant 2 fouls. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)


Basketball has some dumb unwritten rules. One of them, apparently, is that you can’t step over a player’s legs to get the ball if they’ve recently airballed a dunk.

Who knew?

Utah Jazz point guard Ricky Rubio violated that rule on Thursday night when Phoenix Suns big man Marquese Chriss whiffed on a dunk attempt in the third quarter. The ball went out of bounds after Chriss’ miss, and in order to get the offense going Rubio hopped over the end of his legs to inbound the ball.

That set off Suns veteran Jared Dudley, who went straight to the body of Rubio as he was running down the court seconds later. Rubio got up to confront Dudley, then was pushed to the ground by Chriss as he rushed up the court.

Chriss appeared shaken up on the play, and that seems to be what initially sent Dudley off the rails. Then again, if it was just about disrespect from stepping over a player -- ie. Allen Iverson did to Tyronn Lue -- the way to avoid that is to not airball a dunk in the first place.

Via Twitter:

Dudley was hit with a Flagrant 2 foul and ejected. Chriss was hit with a technical foul and ejected. For the Jazz, both Donovan Mitchell and Joe Ingles picked up techs.

Look for more information tomorrow about what kind of fines will be assessed to both Dudley and Chriss. They will presumably be large given the nature of the altercation. Meanwhile, Ingles and Mitchell will probably also see fines for rushing into the scrum.

Utah beat the Suns, 116-88.