The NBA announced late Wednesday afternoon that Pacers center Roy Hibbert will be suspended one game due to his altercation with the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday night.
A late fourth-quarter scuffle between Hibbert and Warriors forward David Lee, which has led to a one-game suspension for Lee as well, ended with members of both teams pushing and shoving each other that landed near the front row seats of Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Pacers forward Lance Stephenson, along with Golden State’s Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, were suspended $35,000 for their involvements in the altercation.
The Pacers won the game by the final of 108-97, improving their record to 36-21 while maintaining the second-seed in the Eastern Conference standings, but will now miss Hibbert Thursday night’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers. David Lee of the Warriors will miss Golden State’s game tonight against the New York Knicks.
Roy Hibbert gave comment about the altercation Wednesday afternoon at practice.
“It is unfortunate it happened,” said Hibbert. “I watched the video and I saw there was a little kid that ran up out of his seat when all that happened. I apologize to the fans that were sitting courtside that may have gotten injured or anything like that so I apologize to them”
Though Pacers Head Coach Frank Vogel wasn’t a fan of the skirmish that took place, he is happy with the style of play the Pacers have been playing with all season long as they push to the playoffs.
“We play a physical, clean brand of basketball,” said Vogel. “That is something that we want to do. We want that to be part of our identity, and we don’t want that to ever escalate past anything after the whistle. Ever.”
Indiana hosts the Clippers, who are the third seed in the Western Conference with a 41-18 record, with a 7:00 pm tip-off on Thursday night.