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LeBron James suspension prediction: History suggests 2-3 games for tight punch on Isaiah Stewart

No one needs to remind anyone that the ugliest brawl in NBA history took place in Detroit. The infamous “Malice at the Palace” was back in 2004, and on Sunday night we could have been dangerously close to a similar court scene.

It happened in the third quarter of LakersPiston game. Jerami Grant was shooting a free throw, and like LeBron James and Detroit’s Isaiah Stewart fighting for the restorative position, LeBron performed a frantic spin that, with a closed fist, fell backwards, connecting with Stewart’s face in an act that was almost unrecognizable. anything other than a deliberate, hostile act.

You are the judge:

Here’s a slightly different angle:

It was the beginning of a scene that quickly began to spiral. Stewart and LeBron had to part ways, and from there, Stewart, with his face covered in blood, essentially losing his mind, tried to outsmart anyone and everyone to get to James.

He even managed to dash through the tunnel, with the Lakers bench alerted to watch Stewart come out on the other side.

After they showed the video of the punch on the big screen, the fans inside the arena began to get visibly agitated. The PA announcer instructs everyone to stay in their seats as memories of “Evil at the Palace” begin to run through everyone’s mind. This can easily get out of hand. Credit to everyone who didn’t let that happen.

When the dust Once resolved, LeBron is rated Flagrant-2 and eliminated from the game. Stewart, who was charged with the offense of loose play, was given two technical fouls for his reaction and was also sent off. Russell Westbrook also suffered a technical error.

We will obviously hear more about this. Stewart and James will almost certainly face suspension. But let’s not forget what caused this. It was a well-intentioned punch from LeBron. Again, it’s impossible to look at that video and think about anything other than LeBron intentionally swinging his arm at Stewart.

You can argue about whether or not he’s going to hit you in the face, but that doesn’t really matter. He turned around mysteriously. He swings high. And he totally sucks on Stewart, and his reaction – while also unacceptable and deserving of suspension in its own right – is certainly understandable.

How long will LeBron be suspended? Based on precedent, my best guess would be two to three games, and I would lean towards two games. You could at least argue that LeBron wasn’t quite meant to hit Stewart in the face (though I’m not sure what he thought would happen from swinging that high in close proximity), while in the scuffle. Rockets-Lakers in 2018 (video below), Brandon Ingram, who was suspended for 4 matches and Rajon Rondo, who got three games, both of which hurled well-intentioned punches to the face.

The most recent comparable example is JR Smith who received a two-game suspension for performing a similar reverse spin at and connected to the face of, Jae Crowder in the 2015 knockout round.

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