The Miami Heat suspended center Dewayne Dedmon Wednesday for throwing a massage gun onto the court after a confrontation with the coaches.
Dedmon was ejected from the game after the device landed on the court. The Heat were in the middle of a battle against the Oklahoma City Thunder at the time.
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«The Miami HEAT, in consultation with the NBA, suspended Dewayne Dedmon for one game without pay for conduct detrimental to the team for actions that took place on the bench area of last night’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder,» it said. the team. in a tweet.
The incident occurred in the second quarter of the game. Dedmon just had a heated conversation with Erik Spoelstra, and as he was walking away from the carriages, he saw the massage gun and crushed it. The device landed about 35 feet from where the player was standing. He was ejected from the game for unsportsmanlike conduct.
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«We’re all a bunch of twisted personalities,» Spoelstra said after the game. «That part was unfortunate. Everything before that, that’s the Miami Heat. That part was unacceptable.»
The Heat only had nine players available for the game. Dedmon was one of the players used in the first half. He was taken out of the game with 9:25 remaining in the first half, which sparked the argument.
He finished with two points and three rebounds in five minutes of play. In 29 games he is averaging 5.9 points and 3.7 rebounds per game.
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He hasn’t started for Miami this season.
Associated Press contributed to this report.