National Basketball Association Commissioner Larry O'Brien yesterday denied Bullet guard Kevin Grevey's appeal of a one-game suspension without pay and a $1,000 fine imposed by Deputy Commissioner Simon Gourdine for Grevey's behavior during a Capital Centre game against Chicago Dec. 16.

O'Brien's ruling followed a hearing at which Grevey testified. As a result, he will not be able to play tonight in Los Angeles against the Lakers.

Ironically, Grevey has hurt his hand, which forced him to miss the Bullets' last game, Saturday in Cleveland, and it already was doubtful he would play in tonight's game, which will be televised on WDCA-TV-20 at 10:30.

Grevey was suspended for "bumping" referee Hugh Evans and was fined for failing to leave the court immediately after ejection.

The Bullets will have center Wes Unseld back, however. Unseld did not play in Cleveland because of a sore knee, but after being examined yesterday, he was given approval to play and met and team in Los Angeles.

Tonight's game is the second of a five-game western swing that also will take the Bullets to Kansas City, Dallas and San Antonio.

Their next home game will be Jan. 14 against the Lakers in Capital Centre.