The NBA announced on Sunday afternoon that Grayson Allen will be suspended ONE GAME without pay due to his nasty flagrant 2, which resulted in a broken wrist for Alex Caruso.
Bold, powerful stuff:
The following has just been announced: pic.twitter.com/sXl5g83Q4J
— NBA Communications (@NBAPR) January 23, 2022
The Chicago Bulls’ fight for the East’s top spot will be in jeopardy thanks to the absence of their top defensive talent for likely two months. Meanwhile, the player who put the Bulls in that position will return to the floor this Friday. Am I surprised? No. The NBA likely views a one-game suspension as a big deal (which it’s not). But does it still feel stupidly unfair? Absolutely. Especially when you consider the player’s history.
Billy Donovan was informed of the news during his pre-game media availability in Orlando, and the head coach who blasted Allen on Friday night took the high road. He told reporters he spoke to the league, and the plan now is simply for the team to move forward.
Billy Donovan when informed Grayson Allen has been hit with a 1-game suspension: "Whatever the league decides to do, we're going to move forward. It's over and done with … The best thing we can do as a team is move on."
Donovan stresses he just feels bad for Alex Caruso.
— Cody Westerlund (@CodyWesterlund) January 23, 2022
As upset as I am at the whole situation, Donovan is right. There is nothing more the Bulls can do than put the episode behind them. Nothing other than time is going to fix Caruso’s wrist, and it’s up to Chicago to try to use this ridiculously unfortunate episode as motivation, especially when Milwaukee walks into the United Center on March 4th.
While I don’t believe it to be true, I can only hope Allen learned something from this episode. Mmm hmm.
Grayson Allen foul on Alex Caruso. Replays included. pic.twitter.com/1ixcve9i0s
— ✶ Ⓜ️𝕒𝕣𝕔𝕦𝕤 ▶️ ✶ (@_MarcusD3_) January 22, 2022