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#pounditThursday, September 23, 2021

Zach Randolph suspended for punch on Steven Adams (Video)

Zach Randolph Steven AdamsZach Randolph has been suspended for Game 7 of the Memphis Grizzlies-Oklahoma City Thunder playoff game Saturday for his “punch” on Thunder center Steven Adams during Game 6 on Thursday.

The NBA ruled that Z-Bo punched Adams as the two were running up the court with 6:43 left in Game 6 and the Thunder up 88-71. Randolph and Adams were fighting for position on a rebound and Randolph gave Adams a shove in the back. Adams nudged Randolph as they were running up the court, and Z-Bo responded by getting even more physical.

Z-Bo only received a foul on the play. I felt a technical foul was warranted for Randolph’s excessive contact, but a suspension is completely excessive.

GIF: Grizzlies' Zach Randolph suspended for Game 7 due t... on Twitpic

That wasn’t even a punch — it was a push with his fist. By suspending Z-Bo, you’re taking away one of Memphis’ best players for the deciding game of the series. Terrible decision by the league.

Oh, and there’s this:

Z-Bo said something to the officials before that happened.

Video via Beyond the Buzzer

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