Kevin Pelton ESPN Staff Writer
The NBA rulebook states that "During an altercation, all players not participating in the game must remain in the immediate vicinity of their bench." That will make for an interesting interpretation with regards to the actions of Washington Wizards players Marcin Gortat, Markieff Morris and Daniel Ochefu during a confrontation between Wizards guard Bradley Beal and Atlanta Hawks guard Kent Bazemore in the first quarter of Friday's Game 6. Gortat, Morris and Ochefu were away from the bench during the confrontation because they had started toward Beal to help him up before Beal charged at Bazemore, who made contact with him in midair. Once they realized what was happening, the players returned to the bench. In my view, that doesn't meet the grounds for an automatic one-game suspension, but only the determination of the NBA's Basketball Operations department matter.