The NBA has suspended three Detroit Pistons players and eight Orlando Magic players for their roles in an on-court altercation Wednesday, league executive vice president and chief basketball operations officer Joe Dumars announced Thursday.
Pistons guard Killian Hayes will serve a three-game suspension without pay. Hayes punched Orlando’s Moritz Wagner in the back of the head during Wednesday’s game, and Wagner fell to the Pistons bench. Wagner will serve a two-game suspension without pay for his push on Hayes, which was the catalyst for the altercation between the teams.
The other nine players who were suspended Thursday will only serve a one-game suspension for leaving the bench. Of those nine players, eight are Magic players: Cole Anthony, Mo Bamba, Wendell Carter Jr., RJ Hampton, Gary Harris, Kevon Harris, Franz Wagner and Admiral Schofield. Hamidou Diallo was the only Pistons player outside of Hayes suspended for his push on Wagner. Diallo, Hayes and Moe Wagner received technical fouls and ejections during Wednesday night’s game.
Due to the number of Orlando players who were suspended, the one-game suspensions will be spread over the next two games. 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 are 13th in the Eastern Conference with a record of 13-23. The Pistons have the worst record in the league at 9-28.
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