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NBA suspends Heat’s Martin, Jovic for 1 game


MIAMI (AP) – Caleb Martin’s altercation with Christian Koloko will keep him out of the Miami-Toronto rematch Monday night.

Martin was suspended for one game by the NBA, after the league determined he was the mastermind of a scuffle with Koloko who spilled onto the back row of the field near the Miami bench during a game against the Heat-Raptors on Saturday.

Also suspended: Heat rookie Nikola Jovic, who is believed to have left the bench area during the incident. Koloko was fined $15,000 for grabbing Martin during the melee.

The league handed out the penalties on Sunday night. Martin and Jovic will miss Monday’s Raptors-Heat game. Both Martin and Koloko were whistled for technical fouls and sent off Saturday’s game.

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“Overall, I have to be more professional in the way I handle those situations,” Martin said Saturday night, after Miami drew with a 112-109 win.

Jovic hasn’t even made his NBA regular-season debut yet. Martin will lose about $ 44,700 in wages for the suspension, Jovic about $ 15,500.

Martin fouled Koloko as the two jostled each other for spot on recovery early in the third quarter, with the Raptors rookie finishing on the ground. Martin walks towards him, Koloko jumps to his feet quickly, anger flares up and Martin then pushes Koloko back in his chair – the ones bearing the brunt of the impact didn’t have any fans at the time. There were a number of fans in the nearby row of seats who contacted those involved in the scuffle.

Koloko wasn’t sure why any of that was happening.

“I am just as confused as you are,” said Koloko. “I have no idea. … I don’t even know him, so I don’t know what’s going on in his head.”

Jovic was standing near the end of the Heat bench, not far from where Martin and Koloko were entwined, but was still found to have broken NBA rules that say all out-of-game players must stay right near the bench. their reserve during a change.

Security personnel from both teams rushed to the scene in an attempt to break things up, as did most of the other players on the pitch at the time, at least two Heat assistants, and coach. Raptors member Nick Nurse – who is on the bench. the other end of the court.

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“Christian will be fine,” Nurse said.

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