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Alex Len, Hassan Whiteside and Markieff Morris avoid suspensions, get fines

Phoenix Suns at Miami Heat

Phoenix Suns at Miami Heat

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Alex Len and Hassan Whiteside did this to each other during last night’s Heat-Suns game:

Earlier in the game, Markieff Morris did this to Goran Dragic:

NBA release:

Phoenix Suns center Alex Len has been fined $20,000 for initiating an altercation with Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside and attempting to take him to the floor. Whiteside has been fined $15,000 for escalating the incident by wrestling Len to the floor. Additionally, Suns forward Markieff Morris has been fined $15,000 for his Flagrant 2 for making excessive contact above the shoulders with Heat guard Goran Dragic. The penalties were announced today by Rod Thorn, President, Basketball Operations.

I thought both Len and Whiteside would receive one-game suspensions, and I considered a suspension for Morris a tossup. But I also thought James Harden would just be fined for kicking LeBron James, and that drew a suspension. So what do I know?

But this is good news for both the Heat (one game inside playoff position) and the Suns (2.5 games out) in their postseason pursuit.