Metta World Peace elbowed James Harden in the back of the head following a dunk and celebrating it.
In real time it looked like World Peace hadn’t done it on purpose, yet still flagrant and unnecessary. On the replay it’s clear that he had bad intentions with it.
We unfortunately got a flashback of Ron Artest when Serge Ibaka approached World Peace to speak his mind and World Peace looked like he wanted to fight.
World Peace completely lost control and lost himself on the play. It was inexcusable and very surprising. You want to like World Peace and he’s come a long way since the Malice at the Palace but a play like this makes it tough.
The blow was a very physical one and Harden will definitely feel it. Hopefully it isn’t serious and he can return soon.