The Orlando Magic visited the Detroit Pistons Wednesday night for a game between two young teams aiming to advance to the Eastern Conference.
Younger teams always seem more competitive in the NBA to the point where tempers can flare up. This was the case just before halftime.
With about 33 seconds remaining in the first half, Pistons guard Killian Hayes appeared to try to pick up a loose ball in transition when he was shoved onto the Pistons’ bench out-of-bounds by magic forward Moritz Wagner, A bench-clearing altercation ensued.
Hayes didn’t take kindly to Wagner’s thrust, immediately punching Wagner in the back of the head, clearing the Orlando Magic’s bench, and charging toward the Pistons’ bench.
After a lengthy review, Mo Wagner was ejected from the game after being assessed a Fragrant foul, 2 penalties. For Detroit, Killian Hayes was assessed a technical foul and sent off for his actions, and Hamidou Diallo was also assessed a technical foul and sent off for his actions in a brawl between the two teams. .
Thursday night, the NBA announced further penalties as a result of what happened Wednesday night.
Pistons’ Cillian Hayes suspended three games without pay, Magic’s Moritz Wagner suspended two games without pay, Pistons’ Hamidou Diallo suspended one game without pay for role in on-court altercation He was suspended from participating.
Additionally, eight Orlando Magic players were suspended for one game without pay for leaving the team’s bench area during the altercation. Suspended players include Cole Anthony, Wendell Carter Jr., Franz Wagner, Gary Harris, Mo Bamba, Kevon Harris, Admiral Scofield and RJ Hampton.
Only Hayes and Diallo face suspensions from the Detroit Pistons as a result of what happened Wednesday.
These 11 suspensions, handed out by the league, total more than $500,000 in salary forfeitures, and Cillian Hayes faces the maximum fine of about $120,000 in total.
If a player leaves the team’s bench area during an on-court argument, that player will be subject to ejection or league suspension as per the rules. This is an unfortunate situation for Magic, as this brawl with the Pistons happened head-on. Detroit Bench.
If the script had been flipped and this happened in front of Orlando’s bench instead, Detroit might have been the team hardest hit by fines and suspensions as players rushed off the bench.
The one-game suspension the NBA has issued to eight different Orlando Magic players for leaving the bench area is to ensure Orlando has eight healthy players available to play in the next two games, per league rules. provided on a staggered basis. .
Anthony, Bamba, Carter Jr., Hampton and Gary Harris have been suspended for the Magic’s game against the Washington Wizards next Friday, while Kevon Harris, Schofield and Franz Wagner have all been suspended for the game against Oklahoma in Orlando on January 4. will be sentenced to suspension. city thunder.
Killian Hayes won’t be with the Pistons until Jan. 4, when they face the Golden State Warriors, and Hamidou Diallo is scheduled to face the Minnesota Timberwolves on Dec. 31.
Moritz Wagner will be out of the Magic until January 5, when Orlando hosts the Timberwolves.
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