The NBA suspended Milwaukee Bucks guard Grayson Allen for one game “without pay for having made unnecessary and excessive contact against Chicago Bulls guard Alex Caruso, resulting in substantial injury to Caruso,” the league announced on Sunday.
Caruso sustained a fractured right wrist on the play and will miss at least the next 6-8 weeks. When reviewing these kinds of plays, the league office takes into account any injury sustained by the offended player. Caruso’s injury and expected absence played a role in Allen’s punishment.
The play happened with 5:45 remaining in the third quarter of Milwaukee’s 94-90 victory on Friday. Caruso drove to the basket for a layup, and Allen delivered an aggressive foul – first swiping at Caruso with left arm then taking another hard swing with his right arm.
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Allen received a flagrant foul 2 and was ejected. He will serve his suspension Wednesday against Cleveland.
The Bucks did not think Allen should have been suspended.
"We disagree with the suspension," the team said in a statement. "We support Grayson and look forward to him rejoining our team for Friday’s game vs. New York."
The Bulls remained unhappy after the game, and it doesn’t help that Allen came to the NBA with a reputation of dirty plays while playing for Duke.
“It was really bad," Bulls coach Billy Donovan told reporters. "It was really, really bad. We lost Patrick (Williams) on a flagrant foul, a pretty significant injury. I said this after the game, (New York's) Mitchell Robinson was trying to make a legitimate play on the basketball. For Alex to be in the air and for him to take him down like that, he could’ve ended his career.”
The Bulls are 28-16 and just a half game behind Brooklyn for first place in the Eastern Conference. But injuries are piling up for the Bulls, who are also without starting guard Lonzo Ball. Ball needs surgery on his left knee and is expected back in 6-8 weeks.
Caruso left the Los Angeles Lakers for the Bulls in free agency last summer and has a been a key figure in Chicago’s resurgence. He averages 8.4 points, 3.9 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.9 steals and is one of the league’s top perimeter defenders.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Grayson Allen suspended for foul on Alex Caruso in Bucks-Bulls game