Should Paul George be suspended for Game 7 against the Hawks for stepping on the floor during last night's scuffle between Mike Scott and George Hill?
The official rule states that:
“During an altercation, all players not participating in the game must remain in the immediate vicinity of their bench. Violators will be suspended, without pay, for a minimum of one game and fined up to $50,000.”
So, absolutely not.
Luckily for the Pacers the scuffle occurred directly in front of the Indiana bench and George took a brief step onto the floor before cooler heads prevailed. Hence, he never left the immediate vicinity of the bench.
If the NBA were to make the decision to suspend George it will put a black eye on Saturday's historic games because this is the first time in NBA history that three Game 7s will all occur on the same day.
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