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Friday, June 22, 2018

Paul George could be facing suspension for leaving bench during fight (Video)

The NBA will review a fight between George Hill and Mike Scott that took place during the second quarter of Game 6 between the Indiana Pacers and Atlanta Hawks on Thursday for potential punishments.

The fight took place during the final 20 seconds of the first half after Hill and Scott got tangled under the basket. The two got in each other’s faces for a few seconds, and that’s when Paul George and Rasual Butler got off the bench.

Paul George bench

Butler took a few steps onto the court, while George only was a step or two on it. The Pacers’ coaches did a good job keeping the players away.

The NBA can suspend players for leaving the bench in the vicinity of a fight. The league actually made a controversial decision to suspend Amar’e Stoudemire and Boris Diaw in the 2007 playoff series between the Suns and Spurs, which helped San Antonio win the series and eventual NBA championship. Let’s hope the league doesn’t make the same mistake again.

Both Hill and Scott received technical fouls for the fight. Hopefully they’re the only two players disciplined in the matter.

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