On Tuesday night, tensions flared up between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Toronto Raptors. When the game reached a heated moment, Brook Lopez lost control of his emotions and got himself into a lot of trouble. The big man for the Bucks was forced to take an early shower after being dismissed from the game.
Lopez and Raptors swingman Gary Trent Jr. engaged in a physical altercation at one point in the game. Trent continued to hang onto Buck’s center even after the whistle, so Lopez made the difficult decision to yank Trent’s headband off. At that time, you just knew that things were going to get worse:
A scuffle takes place in the Bucks/Raptors game.
Brook Lopez and Gary Trent Jr. went at it pic.twitter.com/Fi0jbnF62d
— ‘ (@_Talkin_NBA) January 18, 2023
You don’t see Brook Lopez explode like this on the basketball floor very often, so something must have really set him off. Trent, to his credit, handled the situation with composure. But Lopez wasn’t having it, so he made the decision to pursue OG Anunoby, who was only making an effort to maintain calm—at least initially.
As the Bucks crew drew Lopez back, it was easy to see Lopez yelling at them. He displayed a clear level of rage in his actions, which resulted in two technical fouls and an ejection. Jamal Magloire, a consultant with the Raptors, and Anunoby were also requested as techs.
With Jrue Holiday bursting for 37 points, the Bucks came out on top in this contest. Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton were unavailable in the starting lineup, but Milwaukee still prevailed 130-122.