Warriors, Pacers brawl in Indiana
David Lee and Roy Hibbert's physical play led to a brawl in Indiana and a suspension for the Warriors' forward. (USA TODAY IMAGES)
Warriors all-star forward David Lee has been suspended by the NBA for his role in Tuesday’s fight between the Warriors and Pacers, the NBA announced Wednesday.
Lee and Indiana center Roy Hibbert will both miss one game without pay “for instigating the altercation.”
In addition, Warriors guards Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, along with Indiana’s Lance Stephenson, have been fined $35,000 a piece.
Curry (6-3, 185) was shoved to the ground twice, by Hibbert (7-2, 280).
"Seriously, I didn’t even feel him,” Hibbert said. “He ran on me and I just … I don’t know. It’s between me and David Lee and (Curry) wants to get involved. I’m the type of person that … I don’t want to start anything with someone that’s smaller than me. I don’t take pride in tossing the little guy to the side.”
Curry did his best to downplay the incident following the game Tuesday.
“Teams are gearing up for playoff basketball and amping up the intensity a little bit and it’s going to happen,” he said. “It’s healthy just to not back down and be physical. You don’t like to see that tussle happen in the game, but for the most part it was a good clean, physical game that we have to expect for the rest of the year.”
After the loss in Indiana, Lee questioned whether or not he would be able to play against his former team due to a bruised left shoulder. The injury occurred in the second quarter against the Pacers and was unrelated to the shoving match that broke out with Hibbert.
However, a Warriors spokesman said earlier Wednesday that Lee was expected to play before news of the suspension broke.
Lee, 29, leads the NBA with 37 double-doubles and was the Warriors' first All-Star representative since Latrell Sprewell in 1997. The 6-foo-9, 240-pound forward is averaging 19 points, 11.1 rebounds and 37.2 minutes per game.
In addition to one-game suspensions for Lee and Hibbert, the league also announced that the Warriors' Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson and the Pacers' Lance Stephenson escalated the altercation and will be fined $35,000 each as a result.