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Carl Landry Suspended 1 Game: Latest Details, Comments and Reaction

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistApril 6, 2015

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The NBA suspended Sacramento Kings forward Carl Landry one game for leaving the bench during an altercation in Sunday's 101-95 loss to the Utah Jazz.

Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports passed along the news Monday:

Marc J. Spears @MarcJSpearsESPN

Kings forward Carl Landry suspended 1 game without pay for leaving bench area during altercation. Video: http://t.co/NEuOQne7Ao/s/ZIJn

Landry, 31, left the bench and went onto the floor during a fourth-quarter altercation between Kings forward Derrick Williams and Jazz center Rudy Gobert. While acting largely as a peacekeeper—Landry held back teammates from getting involved—NBA rules call for an automatic one-game suspension for players who leave the bench area during any sort of tussle.

Kurt Helin of ProBasketballTalk put it simply: 

You can argue that veteran Carl Landry was doing the right thing, stepping in to stop two guys squaring off, but that doesn’t matter. Leave the bench during an incident on the court and you get suspended. Ask Amar’e Stoudemire about it.

Landry will serve the suspension Tuesday night against the Minnesota Timberwolves. The veteran forward is averaging 6.9 points and 3.8 rebounds per game in 2014-15, his second season of a four-year, $26 million contract. Sacramento has largely played better with Landry on the bench, scoring an extra 6.7 points per 100 possessions, per Basketball-Reference.com.

Williams and Jason Thompson should see a majority of the minutes at power forward with Landry suspended. Thompson, who has started 58 games this season, is the most likely candidate to join the starting lineup.

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