NEW YORK — Oklahoma City Thunder guards Raymond Felton and Dennis Schroder had been suspended for one game with out pay Wednesday for leaving the bench space throughout an altercation and collaborating within the melee that spilled over into the stands.
Chicago heart Robin Lopez was fined $25,000, and Thunder ahead Jerami Grant was fined $20,000, each for escalating the altercation in Oklahoma City’s 121-96 residence victory Monday evening. Bulls guard Kris Dunn was fined $15,000 for instigating the altercation by shoving Thunder star Russell Westbrook.
Felton and Schroder will sit out the Thunder’s game Wednesday evening at Sacramento. The suspensions will value Schroder $182,353 and Felton $29,194.
The incident began within the third quarter, when Westbrook and Dunn traded contact, and Dunn adopted with a shove. Grant then ran over and confronted Dunn, and Lopez and fellow Bulls massive man Bobby Portis arrived to interject. Lopez then flippantly head-butted Grant as they spilled into the primary row of courtside seats, and Grant pulled Lopez down on prime of some followers.
Bulls coach Jim Boylen ran throughout the courtroom, grabbed Grant across the neck and pulled him away. Thunder assistant coach Dave Bliss stepped in entrance of Lopez and separated him from the scuffle as Lopez struggled to acquire floor whereas pointing his finger and unleashing a scowl towards Grant and Steven Adams.
It was an uncommon scene with the potential to escalate into a nasty state of affairs, as Lopez was extremely agitated and aggressively going after Grant, all whereas standing proper in entrance of the primary row of followers.
“It felt like I obtained twisted and flipped just a little by somebody by that bench there,” Lopez mentioned. “I do not know. After that, one thing occurred.”
There have been two technicals assessed to both sides after the tussle: to Westbrook, Grant, Dunn and Lopez.
“Man,” Westbrook mentioned when requested if he was shocked to obtain a technical. “Subsequent query.”
Boylen, who not too long ago took over for Fred Hoiberg and made headlines together with his apply strategy and goal to reset the Bulls’ tradition, mentioned he favored to see his group not again down.
“That is all we have been speaking about is preventing for one another, and we speak about being a pack of wolves, man,” Boylen mentioned. “I believed we had some of that. I favored the look in our guys’ eyes when that occurred. It bonded them just a little bit. That is what we have been speaking about. These issues are going to come up once more. It occurs within the league. I believe we’ll be prepared for it subsequent time to deal with it even higher.”
Lopez was ejected a couple of minutes later after being known as for a foul and selecting up his second technical for rolling the ball at Grant, who had been knocked down.
“He wanted the ball to shoot the free throws,” Lopez mentioned. “I believed the refs had executed sufficient, and I wished to alleviate some of their work. They’d an abnormally giant workload for the primary half of that quarter, and I wished to assist them out, ease their ache just a little bit, ease their burden. And I assume not everybody noticed it the identical approach.”
Info from The Related Press and ESPN’s Royce Younger was used on this report.