Basketball Wiretap

Thanasis Antetokounmpo Suspended One Game For Headbutting Blake Griffin

Apr 1, 2023 1:50 PM

Milwaukee Bucks forward Thanasis Antetokounmpo has been suspended for one game for headbutting Boston Celtics big man Blake Griffin. Antetokounmpo will miss the Bucks game on Sunday against the Philadelphia 76ers.

The incident occurred with 1:25 remaining in Milwaukee's 140-99 home loss to Boston on Thursday. Antetokounmpo was assessed a Flagrant 2 foul and ejected from the game after headbutting Griffin, following the two getting tangled up under the basket.

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Luka Doncic Available To Play Monday At Pacers After NBA Rescinds Technical Foul

Mar 27, 2023 1:24 PM

The NBA has rescinded a technical foul assessed to Luka Doncic during the third quarter of Sunday's loss by the Dallas Mavericks to the Charlotte Hornets.

Doncic will be eligible to play in Monday's game at the Indiana Pacers.

Doncic was suspended for the game after accumulating his 16th technical. Doncic will now be suspended for a future game should he receive a technical foul this season.

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Tags: Dallas Mavericks, NBA, NBA Suspension

Luka Doncic Called For 16th Technical, Suspended For Monday's Game

Mar 26, 2023 3:30 PM

Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic was called for his 16th technical foul on Sunday afternoon. If that technical is not rescinded, Doncic will be suspended for the Mavs game on Monday at the Indiana Pacers.

After losing at home to the Charlotte Hornets on Friday, Dallas dropped a road game at Charlotte on Sunday. The second loss to the Hornets was the Mavericks fourth consecutive loss overall. That saw Dallas drop to 36-39 on the season and pushed the Mavs out of the Play-In Tournament picture.

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Tags: Luka Doncic, Dallas Mavericks, NBA, NBA Suspension

Dillon Brooks Suspended After 18th Technical Foul Upheld

Mar 21, 2023 5:32 PM

Dillon Brooks has been suspended one game without pay for receiving his 18th technical foul of the 2022-23 season.

Under NBA rules, a player or coach is automatically suspended without pay for one game once he receives his 16th technical foul during a regular season. For every two additional technical fouls received during that regular season, the player or coach will be automatically suspended without pay for an additional game.

Brooks received his most recent technical foul with 7:26 remaining in the third quarter of the Grizzlies’ 112-108 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on March 20 at FedExForum.  

Brooks will serve his suspension March 22 when the Grizzlies play host to the Houston Rockets at FedExForum.


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Dillon Brooks Says He Has To 'Tone It Down' With Technical Fouls

Mar 21, 2023 9:33 AM

Memphis Grizzlies wing Dillon Brooks was called for his 18th technical foul of the season. That technical came from taunting Dallas Mavericks reserve Theo Pinson during the Grizzlies win on Monday night.

Picking up an 18th technical foul means Brooks will serve another one-game suspension. Brooks had already been suspended for a game when he got his 16th technical foul on the season. The NBA suspends players one game for every other technical foul they accrue, starting with their 16th. The count then resets at the start of the NBA Playoffs, with suspensions starting on the seventh technical foul of the postseason.

Brooks is aware he's hurting his team with the suspensions and admitted it's something he needs to better about.

“I’ve got to tone it down and get back to my mindfulness practice and find ways to channel it better,” Brooks said.

Memphis is current battling the Sacramento Kings for the second seed in the Western Conference. Barring an unlikely rescinding of his latest technical foul, Brooks will miss the Grizzlies game on Wednesday vs the Houston Rockets. That game appears to be when Ja Morant will make his return to action for Memphis, following and eight-game suspension.

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Ja Morant Rejoins Grizzlies, Could Return To Lineup On Wednesday

Mar 21, 2023 1:36 AM

Taylor Jenkins said he was 'hopeful' that Ja Morant would return to the Memphis Grizzlies' lineup on Wednesday against the Houston Rockets.

"We're hopeful for Wednesday, so long as everything medically clears out," said Jenkins before the Grizzlies' win against the Mavs on Monday.

Morant rejoined the Grizzlies following his eight-game suspension. The team held him out against the Mavs so he could ramp up his conditioning.

"The reception was great. Everyone welcomed him with open arms. Excited to have him back," said Jenkins about Morant's return.

The Grizzlies went 5-3 without Morant. 

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Tags: Ja Morant, Memphis Grizzlies, NBA, NBA Suspension

Ja Morant To Remain Out For Monday Against Mavericks

Mar 19, 2023 6:52 PM

Ja Morant will remain out for the Memphis Grizzlies game on Monday against the Dallas Mavericks. The Grizzlies are listing Morant out for return to competition reconditioning.

Morant has completed his eight-game suspension. However, Memphis has not committed to when their star guard will return to play. Grizzlies head coach Taylor Jenkins said that Morant will need time to get back up to speed before playing again.

Memphis went 5-3 while Morant was away from the team. That includes wins in five of their last six games.

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Draymond Green Facing 1-Game Suspension After Getting Called For 16th Technical Foul

Mar 16, 2023 1:16 AM

Draymond Green picked up his 16th technical foul of the season on Wednesday night and is facing a one-game suspension.

Green received the technical with 40 seconds left in the first half after appearing to throw the ball at Russell Westbrook.

The league has 24 hours to decide whether to rescind the technical. 

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Ja Morant Suspended Eight Games Without Pay By NBA

Mar 15, 2023 5:20 PM

The NBA announced today that Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant has been suspended eight games without pay for conduct detrimental to the league.  The discipline is in response to Morant’s live streaming of a video on March 4 in which he is holding a firearm in an intoxicated state while visiting a Denver area nightclub.  

Morant will be eligible to return for the team’s game against the Dallas Mavericks on Monday, March 20.

A meeting took place on Wednesday in the NBA’s New York offices between NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and Morant to discuss Morant’s conduct.  NBA Executive Vice President, Head of Basketball Operations Joe Dumars and NBPA Executive Director Tamika Tremaglio, among others, attended the meeting.

The league office conducted an investigation of the March 4 incident.  Based on the information obtained during the investigation, the league did not conclude that the gun at issue belonged to Morant, was brought by him into the nightclub or was displayed by him beyond a brief period.  The investigation also did not find that Morant possessed the gun while traveling with the team or in any NBA facility, and the Colorado authorities did not find sufficient cause to charge Morant with a crime.

“Ja’s conduct was irresponsible, reckless and potentially very dangerous,” said Silver. “It also has serious consequences given his enormous following and influence, particularly among young fans who look up to him. He has expressed sincere contrition and remorse for his behavior. Ja has also made it clear to me that he has learned from this incident and that he understands his obligations and responsibility to the Memphis Grizzlies and the broader NBA community extend well beyond his play on the court.”

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Trey Lyles Suspended One Game, Brook Lopez Fined $25,000 For Altercation

Mar 15, 2023 12:29 PM

Trey Lyles has been suspended one game without pay and Brook Lopez has been fined $25,000 for their roles in an on-court altercation.

The incident began when Lyles fouled and then pushed Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo in the back. Lopez escalated the situation by confronting Lyles.  Lyles further escalated the situation by striking Lopez in the face and grabbing and holding Lopez around the neck area. 

The incident, for which Lyles was assessed two technical fouls and ejected and for which Lopez was assessed one technical foul and ejected, occurred with 15.4 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter of the Bucks’ 133-124 win over the Kings on Mar. 13 at Golden 1 Center.  

Lyles will serve his suspension on Wednesday, March 15 when the Kings play the Chicago Bulls at United Center.

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Ja Morant Enters Counseling Program, No Timetable For Return

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