Dallas The Mavericks-Spurs series took another wild turn Thursday, with Dallas guard Jason Terry getting suspended from Game 6 for punching former teammate Michael Finley while chasing a loose ball in the closing seconds of Game 5.
Terry and Finley jostled with 3.4 seconds left in San Antonio's 98-97 victory Wednesday night. Terry wound up on his back, grasping the ball, with Spurs forward Manu Ginobili forcing a jump ball by getting a hand on it, too.
While officials were sorting things out, Finley was visibly angry and had to be restrained by teammates. He appeared to be making a fist and telling his teammates that someone had punched him.
Nothing was called at the time, and neither team mentioned the incident in postgame interviews. NBA vice president Stu Jackson said "clearly, something happened," so it was reviewed early Thursday.
Jackson said broadcast footage didn't show the punch, but it was obvious when viewed from other angles. He also interviewed both players before handing down his ruling.
"There was no option here," Jackson said. "The rule is very clear cut."