Toronto’s Serge Ibaka suspended three games for throwing punches at Marquese Chriss
Toronto’s Serge Ibaka has a history — he’s been suspended the past two seasons for throwing punches at players.
When he did it again Tuesday night — grabbing Cleveland’s Marquese Chriss by the neck, ramming him into the stanchion, then throwing punches after a few words were exchanged — you knew the league was going to come down hard.
It did — Ibaka has been suspended three games without pay for the incident, meaning his outburst will cost him nearly half a million dollars.
Chriss was suspended for one game. He threw a punch, so by the letter of the NBA rule book that is a suspension, but what exactly was he supposed to do in that situation?
The three game suspension will cost Serge Ibaka $448,276 in total salary. Toronto will save $560,345 toward the luxury tax as a result of the suspension. The one game suspension will cost the Cavaliers' Marquese Chriss $22,111.— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) March 12, 2019
Without Ibaka, Marc Gasol will start at center for the Raptors.
Ibaka was suspended for one game two seasons ago after throwing punches at Robin Lopez. Last season he was suspended for a game for throwing punches at James Johnson. The Chriss incident makes it three seasons in a row. After that hit to the pocketbook, he may pause before making it four.