CHICAGO – Followers at United Middle might have celebrated Bulls ahead Derek Jones Jr’s blatant foul on Milwaukee Bucks guard Grayson Allen on Friday evening, however Jones then insisted the foul was not intentional and denied it was a unclean participant.
Jones acquired a blunder 1 within the fourth quarter after he checked his hip whereas attempting to defend Allen whereas driving to the basket and hit Allen within the face along with his elbow.
Jones mentioned he was merely attempting to “cease.”
“That is all in my head,” Jones mentioned after the match. “I am not a unclean participant. Truthfully, I spoke to each referee who was round in the present day. I did not suppose it was that blatant. They mentioned I hit him on the top. I did not really feel it. I simply felt him hit my thigh and fall. That is all I felt.”
Allen was a furor to Chicago followers all through the night, listening to boos from the sold-out crowd of 21,259 each time he touched the ball.
On January 21, the final time the Bulls and the Bucks met in opposition to one another, Allen made a blunder 2 on Bulls guard Alex Caruso, which left Caruso with a fracture of his proper wrist. Caruso has not performed since.
It was the primary time Allen had been known as up for a blatant foul this season, and solely the second time in his NBA profession. Nonetheless, he was suspended by the NBA for one recreation for the foul, which prompted the Bucks to subject a press release defending Allen and opposing the suspension.
On Thursday evening, Bulls coach Billy Donovan insisted his staff had left Allen’s blatant foul prior to now, telling reporters, “We’re not going to take again what occurred.”
Nonetheless, Bulls middle Tristan Thompson, who was a member of the Sacramento Kings when the accident occurred, mentioned the Bulls have been able to play “Chippie” in Friday’s rematch.
“Take one in every of my canines that approach, we will have issues,” Thompson instructed reporters Thursday in Atlanta. “It’s important to set the tone. That is what Bulls basketball is about, setting the tone. What he did affected one in every of our guys, and I do not suppose anybody ought to neglect that.”
“I feel males have [it] at the back of their heads, and if males need to play chibi, let’s play chibi.”
Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer did not give a lot response when requested about Thompson’s feedback forward of Friday’s recreation, saying he hadn’t seen them.
“I do not know what you are speaking about,” he mentioned. “You did not register with me. No one mentioned something to me.”
Whatever the followers’ response, Friday’s match continued with out incident. Allen was mocked for 31 minutes and completed 2 of 6 from the sphere for seven factors and 4 rebounds in Milwaukee’s 118-112 win. Not one of the Bucks gamers then objected to Jones’ extreme foul on Allen.
Jones confirmed that he didn’t try to retaliate for the play in January.
“I do not get slowed down in that,” Jones mentioned. “It is basketball.” “I need to cease as a lot as they need to cease on the different finish. What occurred in Milwaukee, we did not prefer it. We clearly did not prefer it. No one preferred it. However I imply I am not going on the market and simply attempting to get the man out.”
“That is not who I’m. If one thing goes flawed whereas I am attempting to cease, so be it. However I am not. [gonna] Blatantly set free this man. He is acquired a household to handle. Why would I do this?”