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Memphis’ Tony Allen ejected for kick to Chris Paul’s face (VIDEO)

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Memphis Grizzlies’ Tony Allen reacts during an NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers Friday, March 8, 2013, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)


Kick a guy in the face, you get ejected.

That’s what happened with Memphis’ Tony Allen, arguably the best perimeter defender in the league — Chris Paul was driving the lane, Tony Allen leapt and got caught in the air, threw his leg out and it kicked CP3 right across the face. At first glance the referees called it a Flagrant 1 but after review upgraded it to a Flagrant 2 and ejected Allen (who had already apologized to Paul).

Was it intentional? No. Still, he kicked a guy in the face and for my money the referees got it right — that had to be an ejection. Just had to be. That said, because of the lack of intent one would hope the league would not fine or add to the punishment here.

Hat tip to The Point Forward at SI for the video.