In the least surprising news of the day, Will Bynum of the Detroit Pistons has been suspended one game without pay for striking Tyler Hansbrough of the Indiana Pacers in the stomach, the league announced on Sunday via official release.
The play occurred with 8:39 remaining in the fourth quarter, and with the Pistons trailing by 20 at the time.
We broke it all down here earlier (with video), but essentially, Bynum got caught on a screen from Hansbrough, didn’t like the contact or the fact that Hansbrough continued to move after the contact was made, and let him have it with a punch to the midsection that resulted in an immediate ejection.
Bynum said afterward it wasn’t intentional, but the league clearly felt otherwise.
The suspension will be served when the Pistons host the Atlanta Hawks on Monday, Feb. 25.
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