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.
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