Posted December 15, 2013

NBA suspends Blazers’ Meyers Leonard, Sixers’ Daniel Orton for scuffle

Ben Golliver, Daniel Orton, Meyers Leonard, Philadelphia 76ers, Portland Trail Blazers

The NBA announced Sunday that Blazers center Meyers Leonard and Sixers center Daniel Orton have each been suspended for one game without pay for their role in a scuffle during Portland’s 139-105 road victory on Saturday.

Officially, Leonard was suspended for “body-slamming Orton to the floor” while Orton was suspended for “retailiating by elbowing Leonard in the mouth.”

The incident occurred with a little more than seven minutes remaining in the fourth quarter and Portland leading 126-92. The two players jockeyed for position during a Philadelphia possession and Leonard simply threw Orton to the ground with both arms. After Leonard landed hard on top of Orton, the two players rolled around a bit on the floor, and Orton eventually popped Leonard in the face with his right elbow. Both players were immediately ejected.

Leonard, who is averaging 2.8 points and 2.4 rebounds, will serve his suspension on Sunday when the Blazers visit the Pistons. The 21-year-old big man is on the books for $2.2 million this season and the one-game suspension without pay will cost him roughly $20,200.

Orton, who is averaging 2.9 points and 2.7 rebounds, will serve his suspension on Monday when the Sixers visit the Nets. The 23-year-old is earning $916,000 this season and the one-game suspension without pay will cost him roughly $8,300.

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