Things got a little bit testy late in the game as the Mavs blew out the Jazz in Game 5 of their first-round matchup. Hassan Whiteside was ejected with five minutes remaining in the contest after a hard hit on Mavs superstar Luka Doncic.
Doncic tried to throw one down but Whiteside was there to meet him at the rim. The Mavs star ended up on the floor and naturally, chaos ensued (h/t Hoop Central on Twitter):
Hassan Whiteside vs. the Mavs. 😳
— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) April 26, 2022
To be fair, it looked like Whiteside was trying to help Doncic up after the Mavs guard hit the deck. The foul didn't look too bad as well. The Jazz big man took exception to a handful of Mavs players swarming him after the play. A lot of shoving quickly followed and I'm pretty sure some not-so-pleasant words were exchanged.
Whiteside ended up getting ejected for pushing Dorian Finney-Smith and Reggie Bullock, who himself was also sent on an early bath for his part in the altercation. The Mavs were up big at that point and there was clearly some frustration coming from Whiteside here. It's a good thing this did not escalate any further.