May 2, 2014, 6:21 PM EDT
Oklahoma City’s rookie Steven Adams is one of those players that gets under opponents’ skin — he’s physical on the edge of dirty and all season long opponents have wanted to punch him.
In Game 6 Thursday night Memphis’ Zach Randolph did. Now he is going to miss Game 7 Saturday.
The league came down Friday announcing the suspension of Zach Randolph for Game 7.
Combine that loss with Grizzlies’ point guard Mike Conley playing with a strained hamstring that will slow him, and suddenly the Oklahoma City Thunder at home look close to invincible.
This was also the right call from the league — you can’t punch a guy in the face. Yes, it was an “NBA punch” that would get Z-Bo laughed out of any good hockey fight, but it is a punch nonetheless. The league could not let it slide.
The winner of the Grizzlies/Thunder Game 7 will face the winner of the Clippers/Warriors Game 7 in the second round.
- ProBasketballTalk 2014-15 preview: Houston Rockets 0
- Kobe Bryant responds to ESPN article with basically a shrug (VIDEO) 3
- Paul George refutes report he didn’t want to play with Kobe Bryant: ‘Media reaching again’ 13
- PBT Extra preview: Lakers, Celtics big name teams headed to lottery 11
- Could lottery reform be bad for small market teams? Sam Presti argues yes. 19
- LeBron James and his difficult-to-assess super teams 27
- Kevin Durant on return: “I’m not going to rush it all” 13
- ProBasketballTalk 2014-15 preview: Dallas Mavericks 7