The NBA suspended three players from Detroit pistons and eight players from Orlando magic for their role in a court conflict on Wednesday, league executive vice president and head of basketball operations Joe Dumars announced on Thursday.
piston protection Killian Hayes will be suspended for three matches without pay. Hayes punches Orlando Moritz Wagner early in Wednesday’s game and Wagner fell to the Pistons’ bench. Wagner will be suspended for two games without pay for shoving Hayes, which was the catalyst that led to the clash between the teams.
The other nine players who were suspended on Thursday will receive only a one-match ban for leaving the bench. Of those nine players, eight are Magic: Cole Anthony, Mo Bamba, Wendell Carter Jr.., RJ Hampton, Gary Harris, Kevon Harris, Franz Wagner, Admiral Schofield. Hamidou Diallo is the only Pistons player other than Hayes to be suspended for shoving Wagner. Diallo, Hayes and Moe Wagner were all technically fouled and sent off during Wednesday night’s game.
Due to the number of Orlando players suspended, the one-match suspension will be changed from the next two. Anthony, Bamba, Carter Jr., Hampton and Harris will serve their suspensions Friday against the Wizards, and Wagner, Harris and Schofield will serve their suspensions against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday.
The Magic finished 13th in the Eastern Conference with a 13-23 record. The Pistons have the worst record in the league with a score of 9-28.
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