Chicago Bulls guard Nate Robinson and Brooklyn Nets C.J. Watson were allegedly in a fight in the second quarter of Game 4 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.
However, it was ruled a technical foul because the two players got tangled up and tackling each other into the scorer’s table.
Officials reviewed the play and determined that no punches had been thrown and both players remained in the game.
The bad blood between the pair has been brewing throughout the series. It’s unclear when the initial rivalry began but the two guards have been going after each other throughout the series.
“We’re just competitors,” Robinson said after Game 2. “I don’t like him. He don’t like me. That’s how it’s going to be. There’s animosity between the two of us, and for us, that’s good.”
Both players seemed to be enjoying the back-and-forth throughout the series.
“When you don’t like somebody and you’re playing against somebody, you want to destroy the other person,” Robinson said. “You want to shut that person down. You want to do good, so for me, it’s just a lot of confidence.
“He makes it competitive, and that’s how it should be. That’s how the game should be played. When you play against guys on other teams, you shouldn’t like them.”
Watson says that at the end of the day he just wants to win, regardless of a fight with Robinson, and both players headed into Game 3 with stride.