John Wall Suspended, Ilgauskas and Howard Fined

March 31, 2011

Stu Jackson, NBA Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations, announced today that rookie point guard John Wall of the Washington Wizards has been suspended one game without pay for his role in an incident with the Miami Heat during a March 30th game. The incident occurred with 8:48 remaining in the second quarter of the Heat’s 123-107 victory at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.

Wall committed a "flagrant two" when he threw a closed-fist and forearm into the midsection of Zydrunas Ilgauskas. Although Wall clearly appeared frustrated at the time, his actions could have been interpreted as merely an overly aggressive attempt to smack the ball from Big Z's hands.

Unfortunately for Wall, Stu Jackson did not view the play with such an open mind. As a result, Wall will serve his suspension on April 1, 2011, when the Wizards host the Cleveland Cavaliers.

In addition, Miami's Juwan Howard has been fined $35,000 for "escalating the altercation." Ilgauskas has been fined $25,000 for making an obscene gesture following his ejection from the game. He received a "flagrant two" for throwing an elbow to the face of Wall, causing the rookie to become enraged.

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