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Ibaka won't be suspended for striking Griffin

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05:22 PM ET 03.05 | The NBA announced on Tuesday that Oklahoma City Thunder big man Serge Ibaka has been fined $25,000 but will not receive a suspension for a groin shot to Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin. That means the Thunder will have Ibaka available for Tuesday night's clash against the Lakers in Oklahoma City. With two minutes to play in the Thunder's eventual 108-104 win in Staples Center on Sunday, Griffin and Ibaka jostled for position to grab an offensive rebound before the Thunder forward, in his words, tried to fend off Griffin's arms with his downward slashing motion. Instead, the hit below the belt led to Griffin falling to the floor and a flagrant foul 1 penalty being dished Ibaka's way.

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March 5, 2013  05:33 PM ET

I'm glad he can play tonight ... hopefully it will be a good game.

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March 5, 2013  06:36 PM ET

So the league will let you smash another man in the nuts during a game (Ibaka) but not let you wait outside of a locker room to confront another player (Melo) after a game???? Don't say I can follow that logic. He obviously had malicious intent from the replays, suspension was definitely warranted.

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March 5, 2013  09:18 PM ET

Gotta wear a cup, you just never know when...

March 6, 2013  10:19 AM ET

Keep It Clean, Bro.

March 6, 2013  12:10 PM ET

This is outrageous. D Wade was suspended a game (and lost roughly $156,000) for the same thing, but Ibaka doesn't get suspended at only gets fined $25,000? There is no consistency or fairness there at all.

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March 6, 2013  02:21 PM ET

package slapping should come with more than a fine. Disrespectful and lame to show kids who were watching

March 6, 2013  05:53 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

package slapping should come with more than a fine.......

Yep.....so true!

 
March 6, 2013  06:36 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

package slapping should come with more than a fine. Disrespectful and lame to show kids who were watching

Wait...does that also count if its your own package?

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