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Grizzlies’ Zach Randolph suspended for Game 7 after punch to jaw of Thunder’s Steven Adams

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.

  1. rcali - May 3, 2014 at 6:59 PM

    Can anybody imagine the fury if the punch would have come from Steven?

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