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P.J. Tucker suspended one game for striking Blake Griffin

By Matt Moore | NBA writer

Phoenix Suns forward P.J. Tucker was suspended one game by the NBA Friday for striking Blake Griffin in the throat in the Suns' loss to the Clippers on Monday. Tucker will serve the suspension Wednesday for the Suns' game against the Cavaliers.

Here's video of the incident.

“He was standing there and Blake takes him to the ground and rolls on top of him and he just tries to get him off,” Coach Jeff Hornacek said of the incident (per AZCentral). "I don't know why that would be a suspension,” Hornacek said. “That shouldn't even have been a foul.”

Tucker said, "No comment. Just playing hard. That's it.”

"I think they got it right," Clippers coach Doc Rivers said of Tucker's ejection. “Again, Blake gets hit as much as anybody in the league. I think we've all seen it and it gets old. It really does."

 
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