The NBA announced today that Giannis Antetokounmpo will be suspended one game without pay for his flagrant 2 foul on Mike Dunleavy in Game 6 of the Bucks playoff series against the Chicago Bulls.
Giannis body checked Dunleavy into the stands late in the first half of game 6 after what looked like a few cheap shots from Dunleavy to both Giannis and teammate Michael Carter-Williams. Officials reviewed the foul and sent Giannis to the showers early. Milwaukee was already down 30 at this point and went on to end their season in dismal fashion in a 120-66 blowout loss.
At the team's exit interviews on Friday, Giannis said he expected to hear from the league and would also apologize to Dunleavy for the incident.
"I'm going to wait and see." Antetokounmpo said at team exit interviews Friday. "I'm going to take the consequences because my action was bad. Whatever they say is the right thing.
"Sure there were some cheap shots, but it was a bad play by me. It is not going to happen again. From the intensity of the game, the cheap shots, we're down 30, I'm young - you live, you learn. It was a bad mistake by me."
Conversely, Dunleavy will not be suspended for any of the Bulls' upcoming series against the Cleveland Cavaliers, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! sports. It's a bit of a head-scratcher, considering the blow to Giannis wasn't even the most egregious of Dunleavy's tactics.