Playoff games are tough affairs. Heated arguments are going to happen. and the hits are going to be just a little harder.
Toward the end of the first quarter of Game 6 of the Wizards vs. Hawks series (I know ... there’s a lot of “of’s”), Hawks swingman Kent Bazemore tried to defend a dunk attempt by Bradley Beal. Instead, Bazemore fouled Beal, who fell into the crowd and shoved him.
Some players came in their defense and perhaps the NBA could get involved too after this game’s over. After all, players who leave the bench during an altercation are subject to a one game suspension.
Here is the abbreviated language for leaving the bench:— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) April 29, 2017
1g suspension for leaving the bench area in "connection" with an altercation.
Ultimately, Beal and Bazemore got technical fouls for the incident.
That wasn’t all. Before that play happened, Dwight Howard elbowed Jason Smith in the face. He wasn’t given a flagrant:
Regardless of whether the Wizards win tonight, the Hawks are certainly a rival for years to come.