Paul George could miss the Indiana Pacers' crucial game seven match up against the Atlanta Hawks if the NBA see fit to punish him to the letter of the law.
The Pacers star could be in trouble after appearing to leave the bench, albeit it by a matter of inches, during Game Six Thursday as a scuffle broke out between teammate George Hull and Hawks' Mike Scott.
You can see the supposed error of judgement via this link.
While the 2014 All-Star did not get involved in the on-court confrontation he could fall victim to a 1994 NBA by-law which threatens to rule him out Sunday.
According to the rulebook a mandatory suspension and $50,000 fine is the punishment for any player deemed to have left the immediate vicinity of the bench during an on-court altercation.
And while George took, at most, one-and-a-half steps onto the hardwood in Atlanta there is a precedent for this type of thing in playoff basketball.
Back in 2007 Amar'e Stoudemire and Boris Diaw were suspended for leaving the bench during a Phoenix Suns-San Antonio Spurs playoff game.
As yet there is no official word from the NBA regarding the misdemeanour but several media outlets are reporting that George could face suspension should the league choose to enforce their rules.
Hawks fans will certainly be hoping they do with the series finely balanced at 3-3.
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