The NBA suspended rookie John Wall one game without pay for throwing “a closed-fist and forearm into the midsection” of Miami Heat reserve center Zydrunas Ilgauskas in the second quarter of the Wizards’ 123-107 loss on Wednesday at Verizon Center. Wall will serve the suspension on Friday when the Wizards host the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Wall said after the game that he reacted to two errant elbows from Ilgauskas. Both players were ejected after being assessed with flagrant foul, penalty twos, but Ilgauskas didn’t receive any further punishment for his altercation with Wall. Instead, Ilgauskas was fined $25,000 for making an obscene gesture after his ejection.
Juwan Howard was also fined $35,000 for his role in escalating the incident, as he shoved JaVale McGee when McGee was attempting to separate Wall and Ilgauskas and got into a shouting match with McGee and Wizards Coach Flip Saunders. NBA executive vice president of basketball operations Stu Jackson announced the penalties on Thursday night.