Things nearly got serious in the Pistons 110-100 loss to the Raptors Friday night when Andre Drummond body-checked James Johnson following an explosive Johnson jam.
The situation occurred near the midpoint of the fourth quarter after Johnson capped an impressive Raptors rally with a strong baseline drive and authoritative finish over the top of Drummond. On the Raptors subsequent offensive possession, Johnson danced into the paint from the left wing and was met by Drummond, who bodychecked him into the floor.
Johnson, whose nickname is Bloodsport and currently stands as a second-degree blackbelt in kenpo karate, took exception to Drummond’s response. The altercation spilled toward the Pistons bench as Chuck Hayes, Johnson’s teammate, joined the fray.
Cooler heads would eventually prevail as Drummond was assessed a flagrant 1 for his check. He also received a technical foul, as did Greg Monroe, Patrick Patterson, and Hayes.
“I was just trying to protect the paint,” said Drummond. “Emotions are high during the game.”
While tonight’s event have reminded many of the Bad Boys days, the Drummond check itself took us back to Corliss Williamson in 2004: