The NBA has suspended Nuggets center Darrell Arthur for one game without pay after he shoved Cavaliers guard Dion Waiters out of the air on a fast break during Cleveland's 110-101 road victory on Friday.
Arthur will serve his suspension on Sunday when the Nuggets visit the Blazers in Portland. He is on the books for $3.5 million this season and a one-game suspension will cost him roughly $31,000.
With just a few seconds remaining in the first quarter and Cleveland leading 34-20, Waiters pushed the ball hard up the court in transition. Waiters elevated as he approached the paint. Arthur, who was too late to step in to attempt to draw a charge, decided to use both hands to shove Waiters' waist while Waiters was in midair. The shove sent Waiters flying back down to the hardwood on the baseline, where he landed with a thud. Thankfully, Waiters was able to get up, walk it off and continue playing.
Arthur received a flagrant foul 2 upon a video review of the foul, a designation that applies to contact deemed "unnecessary and excessive." It mandates an automatic ejection.
The NBA league office reviewed the play, as it does with all flagrant fouls, and decided to tack on the additional suspension.
Arthur, 26, departed with zero points (on 0-2 shooting) and one rebound in five minutes.