Posted: 7:42 am Friday, May 2nd, 2014

Update: Will George be suspended for Game 7? 

By Mark Bradley

It’s clear from the video that Paul George, the Indiana Pacers’ best player, took a step and a half onto the court when teammate George Hill squared off against the Atlanta Hawks’ Mike Scott late in the second quarter of Game 6 on Thursday. At issue now is whether that step and a half, which isn’t enough to warrant a traveling violation, will disqualify George from Saturday’s Game 7.

Paul George drives in Game 6. (Curtis Compton/AJC)

Paul George drives. (Curtis Compton/AJC)

Esteemed colleague Chris Vivlamore reports that the NBA will review the matter. A decision should come today.

UPDATE: As Vivlamore writes, the decision came. Nobody will be suspended for Game 7.

The longstanding NBA rule warrants a one-game suspension for players who leave “the immediate vicinity of the bench.” There’s wiggle room there — is a step and a half within the contours of “the immediate vicinity”? — but weighty precedent seems to trump the wiggle. In 1997, the New York Knicks saw Patrick Ewing, Allan Houston , Larry Johnson and John Starks suspended for a playoff game after leaving the bench in reponse to a fight between Charlie Ward and Miami’s P.J. Brown. (Because so many Knicks, Ward included, were involved, the suspensions were spread over Games 6 and 7. The Heat won both.)

In 2007, Amar’e Stoudemire and Boris Diaw of the Phoenix Suns were suspended for Game 5 of a tied series against San Antonio for leaving the bench after the Spurs’ Robert Horry slammed Steve Nash into the scorer’s table at the close of Game 4. (Horry was suspended for two games) The Spurs won Games 5 and 6.

George and Pacers teammate Rasual Butler didn’t take part in Thursday’s altercation, and the tape shows that they halted themselves — or were halted by coaches — before they could draw near Hill and Scott. But this is one of those rules that the NBA has, at least over time, taken seriously.

The guess here: It’s 55-45 against George (and Butler) playing in Game 7. Not quite a coin flip, but close.

Update: Stu Jackson, who used to be in charge of adjudicating such matters, has tweeted this.

Further update: This screen capture off TV has been making the Twitter rounds, and it suggests that the Hawks might have some “immediate vicinity” issues, too.

Check out the Hawks bench. (Twitter photo courtesy of many)

Check out the Hawks bench. (Twitter photo courtesy of many)

 

47 comments
POAD2014
POAD2014

What a STUPID Question.

How many UGa players were suspended for the TECH game after the FIGHT and leaving the bench to rush the field during the Auburn FAIRLEY Fight?

NONE.

Rules don't mean S..T in sports.  

HarveyPooka
HarveyPooka

Definitely NOT.   Absolutely no reason for suspension to be imposed.   Heck, if you look at any NBA game (even meaningless, pre-season game between two perennial losers), you'll see worse action taking place.  Play the game and move on.....    Now, if they'd get back to playing under rules from the late 1970s, we'd have a game worth watching.

tyger
tyger

Scrappy bunch, but no cigar...


Salute the effort but...
Cant win with backups...
No goto player(s) down stretch...

6'1 Lou Will on the baseline? Not good...
Think they giving up layups??? Nah!

Overall, playoff experience good for group...
Teague improved, Lou healthy, Scott flashes...
Jenkins, Horford absence hurts...

Off-season ought be interesting...

devounknown1000
devounknown1000

Game 6 show Hawks the reason why you need a solid score on your team to close out.


Go get Rudy Gay and trade lou and Korver for Asik.


STARTER


TEAGUE, RUDY, PAUL, HORFORD, ASIK


BENCH


SCHROEDER, CARROLL, CLENTHONY EARLY, SCOTT, ?


RESERVE


MACK, JENKINS, ?


BEST TEAM IN THE EAST.


Until then Hawks will never win anything until DF make some moves.


GO HAWKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

devounknown1000
devounknown1000

They done, Hawks had there chance in game 6.


GO HAWKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

RangeRover
RangeRover

If we're going to lose, let's lose with all their players.  :-) 

kumon
kumon

If you think Paul George will be suspended, you must be from another planet.

Wilbo
Wilbo

Give it up, Bradley. This is the ATLANTA Hawks we are talking about, They could suspend George Hill or make him play in a pink tutu, and count 1/2 his points for the Squawks, and Atlanta would still find a way to lose.


It's an Atlanta pro sports team, pal! Don't you know that? It's the playoffs, they will find a way to lose. Had a big lead last night at home w 4 minutes to the 2nd round. Choked.


Will choke again tonight. Bye-bye Birdies!

Manman
Manman

Screw Paul George being suspended, why does the NBA let Lance Stephenson shoulder check people up and down the court all game?

JaySly
JaySly

if he not suspeneded, the hawks should protest! 

EdUktr
EdUktr

What a ridiculous over-reaction the whole NBA-Sterling drama has been! 

The lyrics to most hip-hop songs contain way more inflammatory rhetoric than Sterling's private comments to his publicity seeking mistress.

te29wr
te29wr

Who cares The NBA is so screwed up I will never watch it again

Kennyd_va
Kennyd_va

No let Paul George play....The Hawks want to beat the Pacers with Paul George.  

Mike Scott could get suspension pushing  George Hill in the face wih his hands........  Go Hawks

Daniel#12
Daniel#12

Not a chance the NBA suspends a key player from the #1 seed for a home game 7.  Forget the rule, the NBA has a vested interest in the pacers advancing.  Pacers win game seven with the Hawks whistled for 3 times the number of fouls the Pacers get.

ReyB
ReyB

I have a question for everyone. Why does Antic see so many minutes? He seems pretty useless to me. He can't shoot, his defense is average at best. Someone please enlighten me. I admit, I haven't watched the Hawks much in regular season.

HCCynic
HCCynic

Agree with Bigshotdawg and Hillary: "What difference does it make?"

UWGTrainer
UWGTrainer

By rule, yes he should be suspended. But I hope not because I believe if you are going to beat them, beat them at full strength that way there is no whining and complaining from the Pacer fans. GO HAWKS!!!

bigshotdawg
bigshotdawg

What difference does it make? Teams in this town and in this state for that matter do nothing for the fans. The fans get all excited and support the team and then the team goes out an blows it.

LeftisnotRight
LeftisnotRight

This recent success had me interested in watching.......and I quickly was reminded why I lost interest in the NBA years ago......games are not or can not be called consistently......bodys flying and hitting the floor with no calls....little contact, fouls called.....traveling not called......

I does appear that they have cut down on the individual grandstanding and taunting......more professional in that respect


Sorry the Hawks lost.....

MikeS777
MikeS777

Suspend him lol.  Maybe then we can finally put the Pacers out of their misery.  As it stands, if the Pacers wiin, I wouldn't want to watch them  play Washington.  The Pacers just look sloppy right now, and Stevenson just gets all over my nerves with his out of control play.

sarfdawg
sarfdawg

If the big stiff, Antic, gets as many critical minutes as he did last night, the Hawks have no chance.  They may as well play six on four.  He was a disaster last night.  Poor shooter, can't guard, and not physical on the glass.  Classic Euro stiff.

zachdahater
zachdahater

If the Hawks can score 100 points they will win. The Pacers haven't shown me that they can score more than 95 points on us. They play GREAT defense but if we can score well again in Indiana then we can win this

harworkinman
harworkinman

It won't matter if both are suspended. The Hawks are done. I've followed Atlanta sports teams for nearly 40 years. They should have given all of them the same mascot - The Chokers. 

Hawks have had two chances at home to put this series away and couldn't pull out a victory. They are done and will lose badly in Indy. Just like all the other Atlanta teams, they get you excited and then rip your heart out when they fold like a cheap tent when it counts.

macdaddyt
macdaddyt

This is ridiculous and I hope he doesnt get suspended. I'm a Hawks fan and would love for him not to be available, but this is a terrible rule. The NBA is the only league with this kind of rule (NHL to an extent). MLB and NFL players are routinely involved in these type of things during arguments, and they don't get suspended unless they act aggressively. I hope he plays and we win anyway.

Domina8r
Domina8r

Suspend the entire league and then fold it.

RoadScholar
RoadScholar

Heck, their big man (West) took 4 steps at the top of the key last night before he put the ball on the court! No walking? Why are the refs out there?

We_Will_Get_Fooled_Again
We_Will_Get_Fooled_Again

The Hawks will probably find a way to choke regardless, like two years ago when they managed to lose to Boston at home with Rondo suspended and a chance to go up 2-0 in the series.

The Hawks have no business losing this series. They've been the better team from the opening jump in Game 1, but they've twice gotten stage fright when they had a chance to put Indiana out of their misery.

JaySly
JaySly

hopefully he get suspended---without him, atl win easy

Rhetoric
Rhetoric

The short answer is "yes" if the Hawks are to stand a chance in Game 7.

I don't think the NBA will suspend George.

DawgNole
DawgNole

@Wilbo  

It wasn't a "big lead" they had with 4 mins to go, but they blew it nonetheless. A familiar story.

DanLynn
DanLynn

@Wilbo  WELCOME TO GEORGIA BILBO-- NOW GO HOME

TheRealJay
TheRealJay

@EdUktr The NBA isn't a hip hop song. It's a multibillion dollar business.  Now I'm sure you don't have assets worth $1000 to even comprehend the amount of law suits and risk a business would subject itself to with an executive/partner of the business being a publicly known bigot. On top of that the amount of sponsorships they'd lose.  The NBA owners are doing what they have to do, not out of some moral compass. They are getting rid of his arse because of bottom line. Call it an overreatction all you want.  If the CEO of Coke, Fox, CNN, P&G, Amtrack or randomly pick an industry said something like this they'd either be fired or if they solely owned the business it'd go south.  Paula Dean was on top of the world a year ago. In a year her racist comments took a large chunk out of her wealth.  Being a racist is a choice, but it is a bad for business choice.

TheRealJay
TheRealJay

@te29wr But you'll post comments on the AJC blog about the NBA. Gimme a break.

ShonnaEdwards Martell
ShonnaEdwards Martell

@Kennyd_va  I agree with "The Hawks want to beat the Pacers with Paul George"


they've beat them 3 times with him... so whats the diff in game 7.. if the Hawks bring it like I know they can.. the Pacers have no chance. They are just overgrown and useless.

TheRealJay
TheRealJay

@ReyB That guy is soft. I don't mind him missing 3's as much as he has, but when he goes to the hole it amazes me how easily this grown man can lose the ball.

creative
creative

@harworkinman  agreed man,  I can't believe I let myself get excited last night.  Hawks, braves, uga, tech, falcons, georgia state.  It's a curse.  They pull you in and then disapoint.  

JerryDalum
JerryDalum

@TheRealJay @EdUktrthen they should not let the players listen to that kind of racist music in the locker rooms of this type of business.