WASHINGTON — After Bradley Beal and Draymond Green got into a brawl last week, Washington Wizards fans were bracing for suspensions from the NBA. They got them, just not for the players you might expect:
Both Beal and Green were ejected immediately and will be fined, with Beal taking the stiffer penalty for instigating the fight, $50,000 vs. Green’s $25,000. Wizards teammate Kelly Oubre was also fined $15,000 for “aggressively entering the altercation.” None of the three will face a suspension.
Wizards Carrick Felix and the injured Markieff Morris will be the ones facing suspensions for coming off the bench to aid Beal. Both players will serve one-game suspensions, Felix right away, and Morris once he is healthy enough to play.
How will they know that Morris is healthy enough to not play for one game?
The Washington Times reports that the NBA will send an independent doctor to assess Morris and ensure that he is healthy enough to play before he can serve that suspension. You can expect the Wizards to be strategic about that regardless.
Physical play between the two turned sour late in the first half of Friday’s game after Green blocked a shot from Beal. The Wizards maintained possession as the two shifted into the paint. After Green boxed out Beal, Beal initiated contact and the two locked up, pushing backward under the net.
As officials blew whistles to break it up, teammates rushed in. The NBA has rules against bench players becoming involved in these situations, which explains why Morris’ and Felix’s seemingly mild involvement drew penalties.
John Wall, Otto Porter and Marcin Gortat also entered into the fray but appeared to be trying to pull back teammates. No other Warriors were subject to league discipline.