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NBA defends decision to eject Al Horford in Hawks' loss to Cavaliers

NBA defends decision to eject Al Horford in Hawks' loss to Cavaliers

The Cleveland Cavaliers' 114-111 overtime playoff victory against the Atlanta Hawks may have showcased LeBron James' knack for clutch performances, but it also had arguably the most controversial call of the postseason. Near the end of the first half, Hawks center Al Horford got tangled up with Cavaliers guard Matthew Dellavedova, elbowing him in the shoulder as he fell on top of him. Referees gave Horford a flagrant-2 foul, automatically ejecting him from the game. Dellavedova received a technical foul. The decision to give Horford a flagrant 2 sparked criticism since many pundits believed he didn't intentionally try to elbow Dellavedova. In...

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