Things got heated between the Sacramento Kings and Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday, coming to a boiling point early in the third quarter when Alex Len and CJ McCollum got into a shoving match.
Len set a couple of hard screens, McCollum took exception, and the two nearly came to blows.
FIGHT!!!! CJ McCollum and Alex Len pic.twitter.com/S9EEGoufct— NBC Sports Northwest (@NBCSNorthwest) March 8, 2020
While they didn't land any hard shots on one another, the NBA did land a blow in both their wallets.
The league announced on Sunday morning that both Len and McCollum would be fined for their parts in the altercation.
According to the league's press release, "McCollum has been fined $20,000 for shoving Len and attempting to escalate the altercation. Len has been fined $15,000 for shoving McCollum."
The following was released by the NBA: pic.twitter.com/d6OAYPySnv— NBA Official (@NBAOfficial) March 8, 2020
At the time of the incident, Len was called for an offensive foul and both he and McCollum were hit with offsetting technicals.
After the game, McCollum didn't hold back.
Let me work on my stuff. I work all summer on my hands, at least let me use 'em. If they didn't grab me, y'all woulda been able to see something. - CJ McCollum on near fight with Alex Len
McCollum's brother also took to Twitter to defend his brother, proving that the McCollum boys aren't to be messed with.
I’m so glad I wasn’t at that Blazers game last night. I for sure would have ran on that court, ain’t no doubt. They would have arrested me 😂😂. My parents always taught us long ago, if one of y’all fight, both of y’all fight...🤷🏾♂️ We with the 💩 have been since we was kids— Errick McCollum (@ErrickM3) March 8, 2020
McCollum didn't get a chance to show off his stuff, but that's a good thing. $20,000 is "plenty money." Who knows how steep it would have climbed had he landed a punch?