Could Paul George be Suspended for Game 7?!!!
Watching the scuffle between the Hawks Mike Scott and the Pacers George Hill it appears that forward Paul George and Rasual Butler walked unto the court..Even though the incident happened right in fron of the Pacers bench/George & Butler only walked a few steps...Would it be enough to merit the nba's mandatory 1 game suspension for coming on the court? Stu Jackson believes Butler will be suspended,but George will not,becuz George remained in the vicinity of the bench..
George clearly has been the Pacers only consistent player in this series and not having him would be devasting for their hopes of going to the 2nd round.....
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Zero tolerance policies make zero sense. It's human nature to try to protect your family (team), and unless you hit somebody, leave it alone.
There's absolutely no debate about it.
He should be suspended.
Doing anything less would be granting intentional favortism towards the Pacers.
Granted the NBA has given other teams preferential treatment before. They handed the Spurs the 2007 title with such treatment.
If he actually is suspended, my guess is that they will make a rule change in the offseason so that a non-situation like that doesn't result in a suspension again.
It's happened many times before. Most notably Patrick Ewing and an in his prime Amare Stoudamire.
2 A-list players in their time.
I think he is suspended if Stern is still in charge as he was more of a letter of the law strict constructionist type of guy. Silver seems like he is more of a intent of the rule type. Yes, George stepped onto the court, but think they will ultimately rule that he was within the vicinity of the bench and did not demonstrate any significant level of intent to enter the scrum or escalate the situation. Just one Friday morning sitting at work slackers opinion.
I am so curious as to what the NBA will do. When this happened to the Suns it might have cost them the championship. I wouldn't be surprised if Atlanta beats the Pacers with or without George since they have been playing so terrible it might not even matter. I think since it happened right in front of their bench it may be different, but George did step onto the court and that should be a nono. Very interesting.
As someone who was furious when they did it to the Suns, they better do it to the Pacers. If they are going to screw a team over with a stupid rule they better at least be consistent about it.
Not only did they do it to the Suns, but they flat out ignored it when Tim Duncan went out onto the court.
There's no way Paul George is suspended.
The rule is you cannot leave the "immediate vicinity" of the bench. The players were already standing up and George took one step forward over the line with no intentions of getting in the "fight". That's still in the immediate vicinity of the bench.
Now Rasual Butler stepped out a lot more. He could get one game.
They both clearly should and it's a joke and an embarrassment if they don't.
He clearly violated the rule.
I would bet the house that if it was the Hawks best player he'd get suspended without hesitation.
A rule is a rule unfortunately looks like they should be suspended. It's a stupid rule though.
who on the Hawks gets suspended though? You can see in the video that a lot of them stepped onto the court as well.
League rules say you need to suit up 8, so if too many Hawks did, then they'd have to stagger the suspensions. Like they did with Knicks/Heat in the 90s.
IF they suspend George and Butler then they need to suspend several Hawks too that were clearly off of the bench. And by the looks of it, that's Korver, Antic and a couple of other Hawks.
Without Korver and Antic to space the floor, the Hawks won't win this game even if George doesn't play.
Wow that is some serious nitpicking going on there. I know you are a Pacers fan but they are 100 feet away trying to see whats going on
As a Phoenix Sun fan I get why you're defending George. Amare came a few steps off the bench but clearly wasn't about to do anything. Was looking for a better look. I don't want George to be suspended but it'll sting me still to this day if he isn't.
The NBA for stealing the Suns' opportunity at an NBA Championship by suspending Diaw and Stoudemire vs the Spurs. If they don't suspend Paul George, it will further by belief that the NBA riggs games in favor for certain teams.
First, what happened in Atlanta was not as big as a fight as the one that happened with Phoenix and San Antonio back in 2007. It was a scuffle, but not a riot. Not in that degree that got Amare and Diaw suspended.
Second, Paul George did not went charging into the court. Of course, Atlanta would want George to be suspended for Game 7, but at least look at the Hawks' bench and see who should get suspended on their side too. If the league is to review Paul's case, then it should and probably will look at the other side too. If Paul gets suspended and no one in the Hawks gets one, then that's the time you can call it rigged.
Third, Mike Scott deserves more than a common foul as it was a shove in the head of George Hill.
Now, many writers are putting as much beef into this issue, and I think it is too much. Too small of a deal to exaggerate honestly.
In fairness to the game, and competitive sports in general, he shouldn't be suspended.
If they go better letter of the law, then I guess he should be suspended. The rule should be rewritten though. Obviously George had zero intent to join in on the fight, or do harm to anyone.