Miami Heat forward James Johnson and Toronto Raptors forward Serge Ibaka have each been suspended one game without pay for throwing punches at one another, it was announced today by Kiki VanDeWeghe, Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations.
The incident occurred with 7:50 remaining in the third quarter of the Heat's 90-89 victory over the Raptors on Tuesday.
Also, Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan was fined $25,000 and Miami guard Goran Dragic was docked $10,000 for a verbal altercation shortly after the game concluded. Next up, on Saturday, also at the ACC, will be the Golden State Warriors, whose run-and-gun three-point mentality has revolutionized the game and put them in the NBA Finals the past three years - each time against Cleveland. The Heat (23-17) have now won fight straight and 12 of their past 16 games. Johnson has the edge in weight, while Ibaka has the edge in height and is younger than his counterpart.
On the season the Raptors are 28-11, which places them three games back of the Boston Celtics. Of that average, 30 per cent come from three-point shots.
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"It's been a rough stretch for us", said Lue, whose team has played eight of its past 10 games on the road.
"That was so long ago, I've got to look back", Ellington said when asked who else participated in the contest.
"People say the last two years the way we have done it is non-traditional or unconventional", Spoelstra told Yahoo Sports. While he didn't have as many boards or blocks this time around, he was still very active on both ends of the floor and set some great screens to free up his teammates.
"We knew it was going to be tough here". But if we had players and staff vote on that I think Wayne Ellington would be out there on All-Star weekend and not be off.