Goran Dragic calls Nick Young's punch 'a friendly tap'

Christian Petersen

Goran Dragic doesn't sound too mad about Nick Young's punch on Wednesday.

Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Nick Young was ejected on Wednesday for throwing a punch at Phoenix Suns point guard Goran Dragic, but Dragic called it a "friendly tap" when asked about it on Thursday, via Craig Grialou of Arizona Sports 98.7 FM:

There is no word yet on whether or not Young will receive any additional punishment from the league, but Dragic doesn't sound too bothered about what happened:

Young, however, was upset post-game. He expressed displeasure that his teammates didn't come to his defense, but Lakers point guard Kendall Marshall correctly pointed out that Young did not need to get himself ejected when his team had only eight healthy bodies, via ESPN's Dave McMenamin:

"What I'm mad about is it was 1-on-5, I felt like," Young said. "If somebody [from the Lakers] would have got in the middle, everything wouldn't have escalated that much."

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Lakers point guard Kendall Marshall put the onus on Young to show more composure.

"I understand where Nick's coming from, he did get fouled hard and it wasn't a basketball play by any means but at the same time, we got to understand our numbers [of available players on the roster] and sometimes you just got to win some and lose some," Marshall said. "I don't know if that was the smartest play at the time."

As a result of Young's ill-advised friendly tap, Jodie Meeks, Wesley Johnson and Marshall had to play 43 minutes apiece. Dragic was probably just happy to get the 121-114 win.

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