That was silly preseason posturing — Paul Pierce with the unnecessarily hard foul, Joakim Noah playing enforcer and pushing Pierce, Pierce responding by poking Noah in the head.
Well, it’s going to cost them — $15,000 each.
The NBA announced Wednesday that because of the above incident from both team’s first preseason game Noah and Pierce are suspended for their teams’ first regular season game. In addition, each man has been fined $15,000, Noah for shoving Pierce and Pierce for poking Noah in the forehead.
But that’s not the big hit for Washington.
The Wizards’ DeJuan Blair, Nene, Daniel Orton and Xavier Silas all are suspended for the first game of the regular season for leaving the bench area during the altercation.
So just to be clear, the Wizards open the season Oct. 29 in Miami they will be without their starting center plus they lost some bench depth for the night. Plus Paul Pierce has to write a check.
All because… preseason?