NBA Fans Recent Bad Behavior Worrying Many

Nets' player Kyrie Irving had a water bottle thrown at him, Washington Wizards' star Russell Westbrook had popcorn dumped on his
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Brooklyn Nets' player Kyrie Irving had a water bottle thrown at him, Washington Wizards' star Russell Westbrook had popcorn dumped on his head, and the Atlanta Hawks' Trae Young was spit on.

These are among a rash of incidents of fans behaving badly during the first round of the NBA playoffs, prompting the league to crack down on such unruly acts and leaving some players worried that spectators have forgotten proper game etiquette during the COVID-19 pandemic.

"You can tell those people have been in some sort of captivity for the last year and change, right? It's kind of wild to see the liberties people are taking," Wizards' center Robin Lopez said on Monday after a security guard tackled a fan who ran onto the court during a playoff game between the Wizards and Philadelphia 76ers in Washington, D.C.'s Capital One Arena.

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