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NBA roundup: Raptors' Johnson suspended for one game

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The NBA suspended Toronto Raptors forward Amir Johnson for one game without pay for tossing his mouthpiece at a referee during a game.

Johnson was to sit out the Raptors' home game Wednesday night against Brooklyn after the league handed down the suspension late Tuesday night. Losing the game check will cost Johnson approximately $73,000.

The incident occurred Monday night during Toronto's 92-74 loss to Portland. Johnson tossed his mouthguard at an official, who had turned away, when he was ejected for holding the ball after a free throw in the third quarter.

"I really wanted to know what happened," Johnson said, according to reports. "Nothing was said. I lost my cool right there. I never had any problems all the eight years I've been in the league. I never argued with a ref or did anything wrong."

Johnson is averaging 7.1 points and 5.4 rebounds in 22 games this season.

-- Minnesota Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio is expected to return soon after recovering from March surgery to repair his torn anterior-cruciate ligament, but he is not scheduled to play Wednesday against the Denver Nuggets.

Rubio is not likely to make his season debut in Friday's game against New Orleans, either, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, because it is the first of back-to-back games. It means Saturday's game against Dallas is the likely target for Rubio's return to action.

---Zaza Pachulia of the Atlanta Hawks and Omer Asik of the Houston Rockets received official warnings from the NBA for violating the league's anti-flopping policy, the league announced on Tuesday.

A $5,000 fine will be levied for his next offense, followed by increasing fines for continuing to violate the policy.

---Dallas Mavericks forward Shawn Marion, who missed the past two games with a groin strain, was scheduled to play in Wednesday's game against Boston.

--The Memphis Grizzlies were scheduled to work out veteran point guard Mike Bibby on Wednesday in Phoenix, according to USA Today. Bibby, 34, has not been on an NBA roster since playing 39 games for the New York Knicks last season.

---The Detroit Pistons sent rookies Khris Middleton and Kim English to Fort Wayne of the NBA Development League on Wednesday.

English, a 2012 second-round draft pick from Missouri, is averaging 3.2 points in 10 games this season for the Pistons.

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