If you elbow a player in the head, it will lead to a suspension in the NBA. With professional sports taking bigger measures against concussions, the NBA is making sure that they do what they can to prevent blows to the head–even in preseason.
During Tuesday night’s game between the Thunder and Suns, Markieff Morris of Phoenix elbowed Serge Ibaka in the head. He has been suspended for one game, the league announced. It probably wasn’t intentional, but that doesn’t mean he gets off without punishment.
He will likely miss opening night on October 30th against the Blazers. Morris is going to be a key part of a Suns team who will not be very good, but has some young talent. The Suns are part of the teams who have blown it up for the chance at a high pick in the loaded 2014 draft. Note to NBA players: Watch where you stick your elbows from now on, or you could be suspended.