Apr 28, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indiana Pacers forward Paul George (24) during the first quarter in game five of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs against the Atlanta Hawks at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

Will Paul George be suspended for Game 7?


The NBA has a tough decision ahead following a minor scuffle between Indiana Pacers guard George Hill and Atlanta Hawks forward Mike Scott on Thursday night. During the mix up, which resulted in double technical fouls, Pacers star Paul George came off of the bench and looked to make his way onto the court.

George was quickly stopped by an assistant coach and directed back to the bench, but according to the NBA rules George should be suspended.

That would leave the Pacers without their star for a crucial Game 7.

“During an altercation, all players not participating in the game must remain in the immediate vicinity of their bench,” the NBA rulebook states. “Violators will be suspended, without pay, for a minimum of one game and fined up to $50,000.”

We have seen players suspended for steps onto the court before, so it will be interesting to see how NBA commissioner Adam Silver handles his latest big decision.

Many believe that George should not be kept off the court for the final game of the series, but the letter of the law suggests that he should and will be. We will just have to wait and see what the league ultimately decides.

Do you believe George should or will be suspended? Sound off in the comments section below with your thoughts.

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  • KAKALURKEY

    Suspend Paul George just for being stupid enough getting up the bench and looking to enter the court. He should know better…..

  • Dylan Ohneck

    The Hawks had a player do the same.

  • J-A-D-E

    The Hawks had several team members that left the bench, why ain’t nobody saying anything about that?

    Can & should be according to the law?
    A. That wasn’t much of an “altercation”
    B. He stayed within the “vicinity of the bench” is open to interpretation.

    He was awfully close to the bench.
    He won’t be & shouldn’t be.
    Stu Jackson (who was famous for the PHX suspensions) even tweeted he was near the bench & should NOT be suspended.

    It’s up to Rod Thorne now not Adam Silver who people keep saying. No way, because the Pacers have video of Hawks leaving the bench. Are they going to suit up 5 players?. It wouldn’t pass