But Dwane Casey may feel a little better knowing all the Orlando Magic players who left the bench were suspended. He stated post game, undoubtedly frustrated, that the refs not throwing them out the game was fuel on the fire.
“When you leave your bench, you are escalating. Coaches were not deescalating the situation,” Casey said. “For them not to have anyone ejected, I need an explanation. That’s how bad things start… really bad things.”
In addition to former University of Michigan basketball standout Mo Wagner, eight other Magic players were suspended:
Gary Harris (Michigan State University)
Franz Wagner (University of Michigan)
Wendell Carter Jr
Casey will get no satisfaction of seeing them ejected for leaving the bench, however they each will miss one game. Leaving their team thin for the next game.
Do you think the suspensions were fair?
Opinions of varying degree have been flying all over social media since the incident. Many Detroit Pistons’ fans were happy with the overall show of heart and hustle, reminiscent of the ‘Bad Boys’ era.
Against the Magic they were after every loose ball, rebound and turned up the defensive physicality. Many in the arena remarked how chippy and aggressive the game appeared, even before the later scrum.
They believed Mo Wagner, who was the instigator, should receive a longer time off for his role. While many outside observers believed Hayes deserved the more severe punishment.
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