NBA fines Portland’s McCollum, Kings’ Len for shoving match
Portland Trail Blazers guard C.J. McCollum and Sacramento Kings center Alex Len were each fined by the NBA on Sunday for their roles in an on-court pushing match, the league announced.
The incident, which resulted in technical fouls for both players, took place with 8:50 to play in the third quarter of Sacramento’s 123-111 victory at Portland on Saturday.
American McCollum was fined $20,000 for shoving Len as well as trying to escalate the altercation.
Len, a 26-year-old Ukrainian 7-footer (2.13m), was fined $15,000 for shoving McCollum.
Len, who was called for an offensive foul for screening on the play, is averaging 8.2 points an 6.0 rebounds a game for the Kings in his seventh NBA campaign, having been traded to the Kings last month from Atlanta.
McCollum, who ranks 17th in the NBA with 22.5 points a game, also averages 4.1 rebounds and 4.3 assists a game for the Trail Blazers.
Earlier this week, McCollum became the first NBA player to say he was taking a break from signing autographs due to fears over the new coronavirus.
Both clubs are battling to catch Memphis (32-32) for the eighth and final playoff berth in the Western Conference. The Kings are ninth on 28-35 with the Trail Blazers ranked 11th at 28-37.