Bulls’ Billy Donovan, Alex Caruso rip Grayson Allen’s flagrant foul

MILWAUKEE — Billy Donovan isn’t one to create headlines. He respects the game of basketball and rarely singles out players for much of anything.

But Grayson Allen’s Flagrant 2 foul on Alex Caruso that sent Caruso to a scary fall and Allen to the Bucks’ locker room with an ejection pushed Donovan out of character after the Bulls’ Friday night loss.

In forceful but measured tones, Donovan not only stuck up for his player but emphatically said the NBA needs to take a look at Allen’s play, which the Chicago Bulls coach said dates to Allen’s college days at Duke.

“It was really bad. It was really, really bad,” Donovan said. “I’ll just say this: We lost Patrick (Williams) on a flagrant foul to a pretty significant injury. And I said this after the game: I think Mitchell Robinson was trying to make a legitimate play on the basketball. It happened to be a flagrant. There are times there’s flagrant fouls.

“For Alex to be in the air like that and for him to take him down like that, it could’ve ended his career. And (Allen) has a history of this. That, to me, was really dangerous. And I really hope the league takes a hard at something like that because he could’ve really seriously hurt him.

“He’s dealing with his wrist right now. I don’t know to what extent his wrist is. Just being there, it’s really, really dangerous to…

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