Luke Walton criticizes officials, Bucks staffer over on-court melee

Luke Walton criticizes officials, Bucks staffer over on-court melee

Friday night in Los Angeles, Malcolm Brogdon hit Nick Young with a hard foul, which sparked an altercation between the Bucks and the Lakers, in which there was some shoving, some name-calling, and a ultimately the ejection of Young, D'Angelo Russell, and Greg Monroe.

Russell added, "It was good to see everybody right there".

Young was ejected from the game after his second technical foul.

"I want him to be aggressive", Lakers coach Luke Walton said beforehand. "But aggressive as far as pushing the ball, getting in the lane and every time he's coming off of picks and playmaking as a way to get himself into the game quicker". Monroe finished with 12 points, six rebounds, three assists, one steal and three blocks in just 16 minutes, which equated to a team-leading 25.68 nERD.

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Hoo boy. The rebuilding Lakers now have the worst record in the Western Conference (20-49 after this loss to the Bucks), but their fans have to like the fire - and support of the players - they're seeing out of the team's first-year head coach.

Monroe came to Brogdon's defense and seemed to shove Young in the neck area and also got a bit of a slap in on Lakers rookie Brandon Ingram. So he did all that and he got the same penalty as when D'Angelo just did it for shoving someone in the back that was a teammate. Russell, Monroe and Young were ejected for their parts in the incident. The Bucks won the game, 107-103.

Lakers: They were officially eliminated from playoff contention.

"If there's nothing wrong with that, then I have no problem finding some people to hire on our staff (for the) next time we get in a skirmish", Walton said.

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