Paul Pierce and Noah fined, four Wizards suspended after pre-season fight

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The NBA has today confirmed that four players will miss their respective opening fixture of the 2014-15 season after leaving the bench during the Washington Wizards' pre-season match up against the Chicago Bulls this week.

The uprising of sorts was caused by the frankly bizarre confrontation between Paul Pierce and Joakim Noah - an altercation which the NBA has deemed worth of a $15,000 fine for each player.

It all blows up around the 55 second mark in the video below.

Nene, DeJuan Blair, Daniel Orton and Xavier Silas, all of the Washington Wizards, were all suspended for one game Wednesday for leaving the bench in the ensuing scuffle cause by teammate Pierce's prod to the forehead of Noah.

Whilst coach Randy Wittman might not be too impressed that his roster has been severely depleted ahead of their 2014-15 opener vs reigning Eastern Conference champions the Miami Heat, new boy Paul Pierce must be content knowing his new teammates have his back if anything ever goes down on the court.

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Whilst Silas and Orton, both of whom were only been officially signed the Wizards on September 29, will not be huge misses for the contest, the Wizards front court will take a hit without Nene or the back up man Blair to call upon at the American Airlines Arena.

The Chicago Bulls meanwhile can count themselves a little fortunate that Joakim Noah has escaped only with a fine for his part in instigating the incident.

Bad blood

The Eastern Conference rivals met in the first round of the 2014 playoffs and it is fair to say the five game series wasn't all handshakes and high fives.

The intense nature of playoff basketball boiled over a few times during last season's prolonged encounter and it seems that has carried on past the offseason.

With the Wizards and Bulls scheduled to meet for the first time in the regular season December 23rd it will be interesting to see if tempers have cooled by then.

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