The NBA announced Saturday that Bulls guard Richard Hamilton has been suspended for one game without pay for flagrantly elbowing Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan in the head during Toronto's 97-88 home win on Friday night.
With 5:33 remaining in the third quarter and the Raptors leading 61-52, Hamilton was assessed a flagrant foul 2 and immediately ejected after striking DeRozan in the face with a swinging right elbow and forearm as the two jockeyed for position off the ball on the right wing during a Bulls possession. There wasn't much question about this one: Hamilton's elbow was a clear flagrant 2 because it was both "unnecessary" and "excessive" and the fact that it was a blow to the head certainly warranted the additional punishment.
Hamilton will serve his suspension on Sunday when the Bulls visit Miami to face the Heat. The 14-year veteran is on the books for $5 million this season and a one-game suspension without pay will cost him roughly $45,000.
Chicago, the Eastern Conference's No. 6 seed, holds a record of 43-36 and is a half-game behind the Hawks for the No. 5 seed.
Hamilton, 35, is averaging 10.1 points, 2.4 assists and 1.7 assists in 48 games for the Bulls this season. Video via YouTube user G4NBAVideos