Wednesday 28th February 2024,
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Robin Lopez Expects to be Suspended After Fighting with Serge Ibaka During Bulls’ Loss to Raptors

Serge Ibaka and Robin Lopez got into it during the Toronto Raptors’ Tuesday night overtime victory against the Chicago Bulls. The scene was so contentious, suspensions have to be coming.

And Robin Lopez knows it, per the Chicago Tribune‘s K.C. Johnson:

Jimmy Butler, who charged into the initial scrum but then took a step back, essentially removing himself from the situation, expects Lopez to be suspended too:

Here’s a clip of the incident in which you’ll see Lopez, at least physically, serving as the instigator, per’s Ben Golliver:

And this is what Ibaka had to say about the fracas, per TSN Sports’ Josh Lewenberg:

Suspensions could end up playing a pivotal part in shaping the playoff race. Or, you know, maybe not.

The Bulls are now 10th in the Eastern Conference, two games behind the eighth-place Miami Heat, with the Detroit Pistons in front of them. They seem done, with or without Lopez.

The Raptors, meanwhile, seem locked into the four-seed. They have a 4.5 game-lead over the fifth-place Atlanta Hawks, and while the third-place Washington Wizards are just a half-game in front of them, getting that three-seed always felt like a tall order without Kyle Lowry in the lineup.

Ibaka’s absence, however brief, would throw a wrench in that pursuit. But, with the season series between Toronto and Chicago now over, that’s the extent of the long-term impact this scuffle will have.

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