The NBA suspended Phoenix center Robin Lopez one game Wednesday for illegal contact with an official during the Suns' Tuesday night loss to the Raptors. From the Arizona Republic:
The suspension will keep Lopez out of the Suns' Friday night game at Portland.via azcentral.com blogs - Coro's Orange Slices - PaulCoro - Suns center Robin Lopez could be suspended.
Lopez's temper was stoked when he missed a post-up attempt against Toronto's Andrea Bargnani and felt he was fouled on the second-quarter play. Lopez raced back on defense and needlessly reach in to foul big man Linas Kleiza about 40 feet from the basket before turning his ire and glare toward Mott.
A time out whistle stopped play. As Lopez walked toward the Suns bench, he brushed Mott with his left shoulder as Mott backed away. Lopez did not appear to make an attempt to avoid Mott, who then ejected Lopez. The three game officials had a brief conference and the decision stood.
NBA rules and regulations state that the player will automatically be suspended for at least one game for any illegal contact with an official. So not a huge deal. Lopez continues to ride a rollercoaster in Phoenix. He will not be extended by the Suns despite being a part of the class up for the big pay day. Marcin Gortat continues to take up most of the minutes at center.
So, yeah, not a great week for Robin Lopez.