On Thursday, the NBA announced that Lakers point guard Ronnie Price will be suspended a game for his flagrant foul 2 on New Orleans Pelicans guard Austin Rivers.
Price hit Rivers on the side of his head with a forearm while Rivers was attempting a layup in Wednesday’s 109-102 victory by the Pelicans (4-3) over the Lakers (1-7), with 9:11 left on the clock in the fourth quarter. Price was ejected from the game.
The play can be seen on NBA.com
Clippers Coach Doc Rivers, father of Austin Rivers, said he wasn’t concerned by the incident.
“I didn’t like seeing my son go down, but it’s part of the game. I had zero concern with it, to be honest,” said Rivers before practice. “I know Ronnie a little bit. In this day, it’s a flagrant 2, but that old move where you try to swipe and hit the head happened a lot when we played.”
“It wasn’t a dirty play. It just happened,” he continued. “I was surprised it was a [flagrant] 2, but that’s the day we’re in.”
Price will sit out Friday night when the Lakers host the San Antonio Spurs (4-3). The Lakers will also be without guard Wayne Ellington, after the sudden death of his father over the weekend.
Ryan Kelly (hamstring) may play, but injuries to Nick Young (thumb), Steve Nash (back) and Julius Randle (leg) will limit the Lakers to just 10 players, nine if Kelly is unable to return.
Ben Bolch contributed to this report.