NEW YORK (AP) Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo was suspended one game without pay by the NBA on Saturday for running over Chicago Bulls forward Mike Dunleavy.
Antetokounmpo was called for a flagrant foul 2 and ejected for the play in the Bucks' season-ending 120-66 playoff loss to the Bulls on Thursday. Antetokounmpo will sit out the first game next season for which he is eligible and physically able to play.
''I'm sure there were some cheap shots, but it was a bad play by me,'' Antetokounmpo said Friday. ''It's not going to happen again. From the intensity of the game, the cheap shot, down 30 - you know, you live, you learn. It was a bad mistake by me.''
Also, the NBA said Dunleavy's contact to Michael Carter-Williams' jaw has been upgraded to a flagrant foul 1.