Lakers' Kobe Bryant Finds Nuggets' Dahntay Jones to Be a Real Trip

May 27 2009, 11:15 AM

Although the Denver Nuggets and Los Angeles Lakers had Tuesday off, there were several developments in the series that's knotted at 2-2 following the Nuggets' big 120-101 victory Monday night. Nugget Dahntay Jones was slapped with a flagrant foul for tripping Kobe Bryant in the third quarter of Monday's game (via The Los Angeles Times). The Lakers' Andrew Bynum had his flagrant foul for blasting Chris Andersen's face reduced to a personal foul, and Lakers coach Phil Jackson was fined $25,000 for criticizing the referees. Jones already has three flagrant fouls in the playoffs and one more will earn him a one-game suspension, reports The Associated Press. That would put more pressure on Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith to guard Bryant, which could come back to haunt the Nuggets. The talk of fouls has the conspiracy theorists out en masse, alleging that the league and the television networks want to cash in on a Bryant-LeBron James National Basketball Association Finals, a theory that one ESPN.com columnist says isn't all that crazy.