SALT LAKE CITY — Australia and New Zealand might need to send a peace envoy the next time Joe Ingles and Steven Adams get on the court together.
Turns out, there was a reason why Oklahoma City's Adams, who's from New Zealand, bumped the Jazz Aussie athlete during Saturday's game.
The NBA has fined Ingles $15,000 for hitting Adams in the groin in the Jazz's 96-87 win at Vivint Arena.
The incident happened while Adams was battling Jazz center Rudy Gobert for offensive positioning. Ingles passed by the side of Adams, reached his left hand in and tapped him below the belt.
Seconds later, Ingles scored on a breakaway layup after a Thunder turnover. Adams was then assessed with a technical foul after giving Ingles a strong love tap, pushing his shoulder into the Jazz player as they passed each other.
The NBA announced the fine this afternoon. The league included the video replay of the incident.