No suspension for Pacers' Paul George
The NBA says the Pacers' Paul George will not be suspended for walking on the court during a scuffle between two other players during Game 6 of the Eastern Conference playoffs in Atlanta Thursday night.
It started when George Hill and Mike Scott started pushing each other. Both of the players got technicals.
Paul George and Rasual Butler, who were not in the game, took a couple of steps onto the court.
"All video of the Indiana-Atlanta game has been reviewed and there will be no further action taken," the NBA said in a statement Friday.
Here's the NBA rule: "During an altercation, all players not participating in the game must remain in the immediate vicinity of their bench. Violators will be suspended without pay for a minimum of one game and fined up to $50,000."
At practice Friday, George told Eyewitness News, "They're in trouble, because I'm going to have a lot of energy."
Game 7 will be held in Indianapolis Saturday night - the first game 7 the Pacers have ever hosted in its NBA history. There were a few 7th games in the old ABA but this is the first the NBA.
"Game 7 at home. I know. Too stressful, though. We'll see how it goes," Lindsay Amore said. She was shopping with a friend at the Pacers Pro Shop on Friday.
"I think we are going to do it. The fans will show up and not let them lose," Maggie Raub observed as she left after enjoying her lunch at Charlie Brown's Pancake House in Speedway.
Maggie and her husband John speak from experience. They have been Pacers season ticket holders for 35 years. They started going when tickets cost $3.
"Now all they gotta do is play like they did last night and we will rock the roof tomorrow," John Raub chimed in.
They are ready. Both were sporting Pacers shirts.
"You got your shirt on, too. We been to the gym," Maggie said with a laugh.
They will have another shirt waiting for them when they get to Bankers Life Field House. Maingate started printing the Gold Swagger t-shirts after the game Thursday night. 22,500 of them to be exact.
"One size fits all in the Gold Swagger T," Maingate owner Dave Moroknek observed as we watched his employees working to get the shirts done on time.
The only hitch is you have to be in the Fieldhouse to get one.