NBA suspends 2 players, issues 3 fines after scrum between Blazers and Warriors
The NBA announced Monday that two players were suspended and three others were fined in the aftermath of a Saturday night scrum between the Warriors and Blazers.
Warriors center Andrew Bogut and Blazers guard Mo Williams were both suspended for one game without pay, while Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge ($45,000), Blazers guard Wesley Matthews ($20,000) and Warriors forward Draymond Green ($20,000) drew fines.
Bogut, 28, will serve his suspension on Tuesday when the Warriors travel to New Orleans to face the Pelicans. He is on the books this season for $14 million and a one-game suspension will cost him roughly $127,000.
Williams, 30, will serve his suspension on Monday when the Blazers host the Knicks in Portland. He is on the books for $2.7 million this season and a one-game suspension will cost him roughly $24,000.
The incident occurred during the third quarter of Portland’s 113-101 road victory over Golden State. Things began when Bogut and Joel Freeland became entangled in the paint during a Portland offensive possession. Bogut eventually swung his right forearm and elbow to clear Freeland off of his body, which prompted a number of Blazers to come to Freeland’s defense.
Williams escalated the incident by exchanging shoves with Bogut, and eventually Williams pushed Bogut’s head backwards. Bogut’s arm actually went inside Williams’ jersey at one point as he retaliated, and Aldridge ultimately had to hold Bogut back from Williams. In short order, a group of roughly 10 players intervened and the shoving continued towards the crowd along the baseline. Injured Warriors center Jermaine O’Neal entered the fray, too, holding back Williams from continuing the altercation. The altercation continued to move towards the courtside seats near the Warriors bench before it was eventually broken up by the referees and coaches from both sides.
A whole host of penalties were handed out by the referees on the court: Williams was ejected, Matthews received a technical foul (his second of the game, requiring an ejection), Freeland received a technical foul and Aldridge received a technical foul for Portland. Bogut received a technical foul and Draymond Green was ejected for Golden State.