Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer was suspended one game without pay for making contact with an official during a loss to the Cavaliers Friday, the NBA announced.
Budenholzer was irate with Brian Forte with 2:42 remaining in the third quarter when he bumped into the referee. The reason for his madness? LeBron James appeared to push off the Hawks’ Kent Bazemore, dropping him to the court on his back without a whistle.
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The Hornets started the season out strong, winning seven of their first 10 games and dipping no lower than .500 as of Jan. 13. Since then, they’ve gone 4-13 with only 2.5 games separating them from a 76ers team that has been without Joel Embiid since Jan. 27. They’re lucky nobody has emerged as a legitimate contender for the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference, but they can’t afford to slip much further.
Some of their problems will be solved when Cody Zeller returns to the lineup. Zeller has the best net differential on the Hornets this season and his ability to roll hard to the basket opens up a lot for Kemba Walker in the half court, which is sort of important seeing as their offense revolves almost entirely around Walker.
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