In perhaps the most bizarre story of the NBA season, Indiana Pacers forward Chris Copeland was stabbed outside of a New York City nightclub early Wednesday morning. Even more bizarre, Atlanta Hawks players Pero Antic and Thabo Sefolosha were arrested for obstructing the crime scene.
“Yeah, that’s what the police are saying,” CBS Sports NBA insider Ken Berger said on CBS Sports Radio’s The Doug Gottlieb Show. “It was obstruction of a crime scene, which is not something that you want to be involved in. There’s really nothing that you want to be involved in at 4 o’clock in the morning if you’re a professional basketball player, in my opinion, especially when you have a game the next day. But that’s another story.
“It’s a messy situation,” Berger continued. “Copeland, he’s in stable condition in a hospital here in New York with wounds to his abdomen and elbow. So not a good look.”
It’s also not a good look for the Hawks.
“They play a game at home against Phoenix the night before, get on a plane, fly to New York, and lo and behold, they’re out at a club at 4 o’clock in the morning,” Berger summarized. “So not a good look all the way around.”
The game against Phoenix, by the way, gave the Hawks their 58th win of the season – a franchise record.
Speaking of conference leaders, the Golden State Warriors (63-15) have suddenly lost back-to-back games to San Antonio and New Orleans, both on the road. The loss to New Orleans was surprising for a couple of reasons. One, the Warriors led the Pelicans by 12 points at halftime before ultimately losing 103-100. And two, the Warriors, who have clinched the top seed in the Western Conference, apparently weren’t taking the game seriously.
In fact, one Warrior apparently called it a scrimmage.
“That’s what Anthony Davis said after the game,” Berger said. “He claimed not to know who said that. I’ll be kind enough to let him know who said that. I would be willing to bet almost anything it was Draymond Green because that’s just kind of how he rolls. He’s not afraid to trash talk to your face, behind your back, in public, on the record, off the record – he’s got it all. I would imagine dollars to donuts it came from him. That’s the kind of confidence he has and the Warriors have.”
For what it’s worth, Green had a fantastic game against New Orleans. He finished with 24 points, 14 rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block. Davis, however, outplayed him, finishing with 29 points, 10 rebounds, four blocks, two assists and two steals in a potential first-round playoff preview.
Still, Green has been on a roll lately and appears ready for the playoffs. He recently told Grantland contributor Jonathan Abrams that he doesn’t respect the Clippers and that they haven’t proven anything.
By the same token, Gottlieb wondered, what have the Warriors proven? Why should they be given respect?
“He said, ‘I don’t expect that. We’ll go out and earn it,’” Berger said. “So he’s ready to put his money where his mouth is, I guess.”