Zach Randolph suspended for punching Adams

Zach Randolph #50 of the Memphis Grizzlies argues with a referee after being called for a foul...

Zach Randolph #50 of the Memphis Grizzlies argues with a referee after being called for a foul against the Oklahoma City Thunder during Game Six of the Western Conference Quarterfinals of the 2014 NBA Playoffs on May 1, 2014 at FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tennessee. (Joe Robbins/Getty Images/AFP)

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Memphis Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph received a one-game suspension without pay after punching Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams in the jaw during Thursday night's game, but Indiana Pacers forward Paul George avoided a similar penalty during the first-round series against the Atlanta Hawks.

NBA president of basketball operations Rod Thorn announced Friday that Randolph will be forced to sit out Game 7 on Saturday against the Thunder in Oklahoma City. The incident took place with 6:42 left in the Thunder's 104-84 win over Memphis.

There were questions about whether George and teammate Rasual Butler would be suspended for Game 7 against the Hawks after they left the bench area during an altercation during Thursday night's Eastern Conference game against Atlanta. The two apparently avoided punishment because they did not rush off the bench to join the fray.

George, an All-Star, averaged 21.7 points and 6.8 rebounds per game during the regular season.

Both the Grizzlies and Hawks face elimination in Game 7s on Saturday.


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