Tempers flared Wednesday night in the second quarter of Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals between the Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers, resulting in three technical fouls being doled out.
With 10:47 remaining in the second quarter and the Celtics leading 36-19, Boston forward Marcus Morris broke up a lob pass from LeBron James to Larry Nance Jr., tipping the ball out of bounds and causing Nance to hurtle to the floor.
Morris already had established himself as an agitator earlier in the series, screaming in Cavs center Tristan Thompson’s face when they were both on the floor by the stanchion following a foul.
Assistant general manager Mark Hunter, who had been with the Maple Leafs’ managerial staff since October 2014, has mutually parted ways with the team. Hunter, 55, had previously been the owner, vice-president, and general manager of the London Knights in the OHL for 12 years.
“Following extensive discussions with Mark, he and the Toronto Maple Leafs have mutually agreed to part ways,” said Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan. “I’d like to sincerely thank Mark for everything he’s done for this organization over the last four years and I wish him nothing but the best in the future.”
News of Hunter’s exodus comes one day after it was reported that former general manager Lou Lamoriello was leaving his senior advisor role with the Leafs to take over hockey operations for the New York Islanders.