Suns forward P.J. Tucker suspended one-game for altercation with Blake Griffin

When the Phoenix Suns welcome the Cleveland Cavaliers to town Wednesday evening, they’ll do so a bit short-handed.

While guard Eric Bledsoe will return to the hardwood after a 33-game hiatus, the Suns will be without the services of starting small forward P.J. Tucker.

The third-year pro out of Texas was involved in a scuffle with Los Angeles Clippers All-Star forward Blake Griffin in Monday night’s 112-105 loss at the 5:28 mark of the fourth quarter, and subsequently was issued a personal foul and the first ejection of his NBA career.

Griffin and Tucker initially got tangled up jostling for position in the paint on a rebound attempt of Matt Barnes’ missed three-point try. The two took each other to the floor with Griffin seemingly pressed on top of Tucker’s body.

From there the particulars are a bit unclear.

Tucker appeared to try and push Griffin off with his right forearm, a movement that for whatever reason caused Griffin to respond with a noticeable head jerk. The multiple replays didn’t appear to provide a clear cut example of Tucker’s forearm landing anywhere above Griffin’s chest, however officials deemed the action worthy of punishment.

And they weren’t alone.

Tuesday, NBA president of basketball operations Rod Thorn issued the 28-year-old a one-game, unpaid suspension for his involvement in the alteration. Griffin, meanwhile, was not assessed any type of fine or punishment.

Tucker has started all 63 games this season, averaging career-highs in points (9.4) and rebounds (6.4) per game.

Tags: Blake Griffin P.j Tucker

  • EBJM

    Excellent call but well worth it. Blake took Tucker down by falling on him and Tucker let it be known it was a bad idea.

    Despite the one game suspension it was a great play by Tucker. He sent a message before the playoffs that not all of the Suns are soft like Channing Frye.

    Enjoy your night off P.J.

  • sunsn7

    Well worth the suspension. Not only does it let Blake Griffin know that he’d better dial down the “one-upping” showmanship of his when facing PJ and the Suns.

    Even better than that it sends a message to his teammares that the way they were getting beat and the lack of team effort was and is unacceptable.

    Send that same “message” to Channing in practice PJ! (wink, wink ;)

  • Ellensburgbballfan

    Soooo………..who starts tonights game then? Marcus Morris?

  • Foreveris2long

    Sunsn7 and EBJM, you guys said it all. PJ set the tone last game for the rest of the season.

    Ellensburg, Marcus is my guess as well.

  • Anonymous

    Dont mistake Tucker’s hostility for toughness. He embodied the Suns weaknesses lately.

  • Foreveris2long

    Anonymous are you of the opinion Tucker is not a tough player? If you don’t mind please elaborate. Thanks

  • Ellensburgbballfan

    Yeah im not sure what you mean Anonymous, looking at the video clip, Griffin started the whole thing, but of course only tucker gets a suspension

  • GriffinMVP

    Tucker is a flopper who was fined last month by the league. So, this time he grabbed Griffin’s arm and flopped. Then he punched. Tucker is diiirty.

  • DZ

    Another Clipper troll! I wonder if they are ex-Laker trolls jumping on the Clipper bandwagon since the Laker ship has already sunk this season.

  • GriffinMVP
  • Ellensburgbballfan

    Im not sure what clip your watching, cause it sure looks like Griffin is on top of Tucker.

    If Tucker is acting, then Griffin must be too

    otherwise, it makes no sense

  • GriffinMVP

    Well, you didn’t watch the clip. The video is Tucker’s flop that he was fined for last month. LOL.

    The Suns have some good players, Dragic, Bledsoe who I think is going to be a great player, always have. Tucker is just a desperate NBA hanger on.

  • DZ

    I know that we shouldn’t feed the trolls but Clipper trolls are so rare! Maybe we should feed him and keep him as a pet?

  • EBJM

    I get so tired of some of these clueless posts. So Tucker is hostile and not tough?

    Hostile is an obvious flagrant II or running into the stands to attack a fan.

    Tough is putting a body on a dunker to keep him from dunking or to box him out.

    Tucker has led the Suns in rebounding which is one of their weaknesses.

    Channing Frye embodies the Suns weaknesses. a seven-footer without a post game, zero defense an no rebounding.

    Tucker has the role of Charles Barkley or Maurice Lucas, team ENFORCER which is synonymous with TOUGHNESS.

  • bill_thomas

    GriffinMVP is an obvious TROLL. Go home and eat your puppy’s shit for lunch. AND MOVE OUT OF YOUR PARENT’S OUTHOUSE. AND TELL THEM TO GET PLUMBING AND ELECTRIC !!!!!!!

  • bill_thomas

    The Clipper troll is a real jerk off. He does not live in his parent’ basement, he lives in their outhouse.

  • bill_thomas

    Channing won’t be with us next year. He will be appointed Special Ambassador to the UN for Non-Violence.

  • GriffinMVP

    Bottom line Clippers win 9th in a row:
    Griffin 30 Pts, 15 Reb, 3 Ast, 3 St

    Suns lose to CLEVELAND…
    Tucker 0 Pts, 0 Reb, 0 0 0
    Way to go tough guy.