Fred VanVleet, Talen Horton-Tucker, DeAndre’ Bembry suspended
On Thursday, the NBA announced that Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet and forward Deandre Bembry, and Los Angeles Lakers guard Talen-Horton Tucker have been suspended for one game each for their roles in a scuffle during the Lakers’ 110-101 win over the Raptors on Tuesday.
In a press release by the league, VanVleet, Bembry, and Horton-Tucker received suspensions for leaving the bench during the on-court scuffle, which mainly involved Raptors guard OG Anunoby and Lakers center Montrezl Harrell.
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Anunoby, who received a technical foul and was ejected from the game, was fined $30,000 by the NBA for initiating the scuffle after grabbing Lakers guard Dennis Schroder by the leg and flipping him to the ground after they became entangled. Harrell, who was also slapped with a technical foul and had an early night, was handed a $20,000 fine for entering the scuffle and showing Raptors guard Gary Trent Jr.
According to the league, Bembry will serve out his suspension when the Raptors host the Chicago Bulls on Thursday night. VanVleet, meanwhile, has missed the team’s last two games with an injury and will serve out his suspension in the next regular-season game where he can physically play.
Horton-Tucker, meanwhile, will miss the Lakers’ next game against the Miami Heat in a rematch of the 2020 NBA Finals.
Both the Raptors and the Lakers are already playing shorthanded this season, and missing these players will further deplete their lineups. The Raptors have already ruled out Kyle Lowry, Jalen Harris, Rodney Hood, Patrick McCaw, Paul Watson Jr, and VanVleet in their game against the Bulls due to injuries.
Meanwhile, LA is a bit banged up with the Lakers injury report looking tough, as they are already playing without NBA All-Stars LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and Jared Dudley as they continue their road trip.