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While the Indiana Pacers were able to force a Game 7 by defeating the Atlanta Hawks Thursday night, the team could possibly play Saturday night's game without Paul George.
With halftime less than a minute away in Game 6, the Pacers' George Hill got into it with Atlanta's Mike Scott after a play and overall the scuffle was unremarkable, with both being assessed with a technical, but the issue everyone is focused on now is whether George left the bench, reports USA Today. If he did, then the NBA could slap him with a one game suspension.
George and teammate Rasual Butler took steps onto the court during the shoving match despite both being currently on the bench. This could draw the suspension as the rulebook states, "During an altercation, all players not participating in the game must remain in the immediate vicinity of their bench." The penalty? "Violators will be suspended, without pay, for a minimum of one game and fined up to $50,000."
George doesn't stray too far from the bench before being grabbed back by an alert coach nearby, but it was still far enough away for people to start to wonder if he would be suspended.
According to The Washington Post, the league has relaxed somewhat on the rule, as Washington Wizards center Marcin Gortat took a few steps away from the bench in the recent playoff series against the Chicago Bulls and he wasn't suspended.
Still, although it's the playoffs, the league has shown it is willing to suspend players ahead of pivotal games, such as the oft-remembered Game 4 in the 2007 playoffs in the series between the Phoenix Suns and the San Antonio Spurs.
Think he went far enough away to get suspended?