Dahntay Jones of Cleveland Cavaliers has earned a one-game ban with no pay from the league on Sunday after hitting Toronto Raptors’ Bismack Biyombo in the groin.
It was in the 4th quarter with around 17 seconds left when Jones found himself against Biyombo and struggled to gain control over the ball on Raptor’s win over the Cavaliers with 99-84 in the third game of the Eastern Conference finals. Jones will not be joining at the 4th game of the Eastern Conference finals on May 23 on Sunday.
Biyombo was still able to continue to show a spectacular play after the incident, with 26 rebounds that contributed to Raptors ending Cavalier’s winning streak.
This was not Jones’ first time to be in trouble with the NBA authorities and other players. On the 2009 playoffs, Jones tripped retired Lakers star Kobe Bryant and defended that it was not his intention to trip Bryant.
On 2013, Jones faced Bryant again and disappointed the player once more, by giving him a sprained ankle when he cut under Bryant as he took the shot. Bryant was convinced that Jones did it intentionally.
Jones also upset Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green when he bumped against Green during a live post-game interview. Jones later insisted that the bump was accidental and that it is not how you bump someone when you want to do it purposely.
On the other hand, Raptors coach Dwane Casey was also fined $25,000 for his comments on the officiating of the game at the post-game press conference.
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