Utah's Kris Dunn suspended two games, Houston's Jabari Smith Jr. one for altercation

Utah Jazz v Houston Rockets
Utah Jazz v Houston Rockets

The NBA rule book is clear: If you throw a punch — even if it doesn't connect — you're automatically suspended.

Utah Jazz guard Kris Dunn threw a punch Saturday night at Houston Rockets forward Jabari Smith Jr., and the league has come down: Two-game suspension for Dunn "for initiating an altercation and throwing a punch" and one game for Smith "for fighting with Dunn." I'm not sure exactly what Smith is supposed to do in that setting, but here we are.

"For me, I take responsibility for my actions and whatever the league decides for me, I have to respect that," Dunn said postgame.

Dunn clearly throws a punch, which missed (or he pulled), but league rules mandate a suspension for any attempt to land a punch. Dunn and Smith had to be separated during a shoving match between the teams on Jan. 20. Apparently that grudge carried over and now the two men will miss time and a little bit of their paychecks.