Reggie Miller: Isaiah Stewart catapulted himself into the Charles Oakley, Buck Williams, Dale n Antonio Davis conversation of dudes you NEVER want to mess with. However long Isaiah plays in this league, dudes will walk on eggshells around him. That’s GREAT news for Piston fans..
Mike Trudell: Frank Vogel said the NBA is doing due diligence to review the incident from last night in Detroit. He’s focused on how the Lakers “bottle up the determination we played with,” which “hasn’t been there enough” so far this season. Last night’s adversity brought them together.
Rod Beard: When #Pistons Isaiah Stewart was charging toward LeBron James, it was Cade Cunningham who tried three times to put himself between Stewart and James. I asked him what he was thinking. His response: "I'm trying to stop him from maybe getting into trouble ... I don't know."
Arash Markazi: LeBron James opens as the favorite if he and Isaiah Stewart want to settle their feud in a boxing ring, according to @BovadaOfficial .
Davis was surprised by the retaliatory measures attempted by the Pistons' second-year center, who required five stitches after the game. "I don't know what he was trying to do," Davis said. "But I know nobody on our team, 1 through 15, was having it. We're going to protect our brother. I've never, in 10 years, seen a player try to do that as long as I've been playing. ... It's uncalled for. You got a cut above your eye, accidental-like, it wasn't on purpose. And we weren't going to allow him to keep charging our brother like that. I don't know what he was trying to do, but we wasn't going to allow that."
The PA announcers in Detroit were forced to take action too, constantly reminding fans to stay in their seats while also imploring them to not throw any objects at James when he was ejected and headed up the tunnel. “Fans stay in your seats, do not come onto the floor,” he said. “Do not enter the floor. All fans stay in your seats. Do not come onto the floor and do not throw any objects. Don’t do it or you will be nabbed and sent to jail. Stay where you are.”
Rod Beard: #Pistons Dwane Casey on Isaiah Stewart incident: "He shouldn't be facing anything. Not getting off the court in time (is a small thing)...I don't see any ramifications from the league on that."
Kyle Goon: Frank Vogel says he thinks the Lakers did a good job protecting LeBron, but not escalating the situation. Says you want "peacemakers" in those circumstances.
Kyle Goon: Anthony Davis: "Everyone in the league knows LeBron is not a dirty guy." Says that the moment he realized he had clocked Stewart, LeBron was trying to apologize and say "my bad." Once Stewart was charging, AD says "I don't know what he was doing, but we wasn't going to allow that
Kyle Goon: Anthony Davis: "We're not promoting violence. I'm not promoting violence. Our security and their security did a hell of a job." Points to his security guard as he leaves the press conference room for the shoutout.
Dave McMenamin: Lakers get back to .500 at 9-9 with a come-from-behind win in Detroit, 121-116, in a game LeBron was ejected for striking Isaiah Stewart in the face. AD 30p 10r 6a 5b 4s; Westbrook 26p 10a 9r 2s; Melo 18p on 5-of-8 from 3; Dwight 13p on 5-of-6 5r.
Rod Beard: #Lakers LeBron James has been ejected from the game for a hit on #Pistons Isaiah Stewart.
Rod Beard: On the replay, it looks like LeBron James got Isaiah Stewart with an elbow or a punch. That's where the blood came from apparently.
January 15, 2022 | 9:32 pm EST Update
Joe Mussatto: Derrick Favors on trade talk: “I think every year I’ve been in the league, my name’s been in trade rumors … I’m pretty much used to it. I don’t really pay attention to it. I try to control what I can control. I try to, like coach says, keep my feet grounded where I’m at.”
Eric Nehm: Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer: “Giannis gets 17 free throws, but I think you could argue he could have 27 or 30 free throws. As a team, we had 35. I think you could argue we could have had 45 or 50.”
Josh Lewenberg: Nick Nurse on coaching against Kyle Lowry for the first time on Monday: “I assume that he’s gonna be ready to go and he’ll be hard to handle… I would imagine he’s gonna play super hard and he’s gonna get his guys ready, and when he does that good things happen, we know that.”
January 15, 2022 | 8:38 pm EST Update
Shams Charania: Nets say Kevin Durant is out for remainder of game vs. Pelicans due to left knee sprain.
Will Guillory: Kevin Durant just walked off the court after reaching down at his left knee. Walked straight to the locker room. Not sure what happened. Looked like he may have bumped knees with one of the Pels players.