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Bynum suspended for punching Hansbrough
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On February 24, 2013 @ 9:00 pm In Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by Adi Joseph, USA TODAY Sports
Will Bynum is big enough to throw a punch. And he’s big enough to get suspended for it.
The Detroit Pistons point guard was suspended Sunday for one game by the NBA for punching Indiana Pacers power forward Tyler Hansbrough in the stomach during Saturday’s 90-72 loss in Auburn Hills, Mich. Bynum will serve his suspension Monday, when the Pistons play the Atlanta Hawks.
The punch came with 8 minutes, 39 seconds left in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s game. Bynum, 6-0, 185 pounds, was coming around 6-9, 250-pound Hansbrough’s screen while guarding D.J. Augustin on an inbound play. He struck Hansbrough, who went down. Bynum immediately was ejected then escorted off the court.
Bynum had 15 points in 15 minutes at that point.
“It wasn’t intentional, but it kind of happens throughout the course of the game,” Bynum told the Detroit Free Press. “The game was kind of physical. It was during the heat of the moment.”
The suspension could be problematic for the Pistons, who likely also will be without guard Brandon Knight because of a hyperextended right knee. Bynum, a former NBA Development League call-up, averages 9.4 points and 3.8 assists in 18.6 minutes a game as the leader of the Pistons’ bench.
The team added Jose Calderon from the Toronto Raptors earlier this month in a trade, and he likely will have the reins for the time being.
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