INDIANAPOLIS – About 16 hours of worry turned out to be nothing for the Pacers and their top player.
On Friday afternoon the NBA decided not to suspend forward Paul George for leaving the bench during an altercation between Pacers guard George Hill and Hawks forward Mike Scott during the second quarter of Thursday night’s Game 6 at Philips Arena in Atlanta.
George took a step off the bench when Hill and Scott exchanged shoves but was quickly back to the bench area after that.
None of the players involved in the altercation received a penalty either through a fine or suspension.
At practice on Friday afternoon before the news was announced, George admitted to being a bit nervous about what action the league might take in response to him coming off the bench.
“It was like a Twitter trending topic and obviously Atlanta fans wanted me out so I was a little worried,” said George.
His coach was not. Frank Vogel said directly that he didn’t change anything about practice on Friday to prepare for a possible suspension.
“Because I think he stayed within the vicinity of the bench,” said Vogel as to why he didn’t believe George would be suspended.