(670 The Score) Bucks guard Grayson Allen has been suspended one game for his flagrant-2 foul on Bulls guard Alex Caruso on Friday, the NBA announced Sunday.
Caruso suffered a right wrist fracture while landing awkwardly and off-balance on the scary play, and he’ll be re-evaluated in six to eight weeks after undergoing surgery Monday morning.
Allen made “unnecessary and excessive contact” against Caruso, “resulting in substantial injury,” the NBA wrote in its release announcing the suspension. Allen will serve his suspension when the Bucks visit the Cavaliers on Wednesday.
The Bulls were outraged by Allen’s foul and ensuing smirk on the sideline after the incident, with Donovan calling him out postgame Friday and imploring the league to review the matter. Donovan had a conversation with the NBA office in the aftermath, but he declined to reveal details about the nature of the discussion.
As it is, Donovan wants his team to focus on moving forward. The Bulls (28-16) visit the Magic (8-39) on Sunday evening.
“The league has to evaluate those situations based on their criteria that they set up on some of those things,” Donovan said when asked for his reaction to Allen’s one-game suspension. “Maybe people think, ‘You know what, he should be out for as long as Alex is.’ All those things, they’re out of my control. They’re not my decisions. Like I said earlier, whatever the league decides to do, we’re going to move forward and it’s over and done with.
I said what I said after the game and to me, after that was happening and just meeting with Alex yesterday morning, he’s obviously got to go in (for surgery). But nothing is changing from what happened the other night to where we are now. The best thing we can do as a team is just to move on. And that’s really the only thing that we have control over. I’m not going to sit up here and say what the league should or should not do or what’s sufficient or not sufficient. I trust that they’re making decisions that are good for the entire league.
“Whatever that decision is, we’ll accept it and we’ll move on. I feel bad for Alex that he’s going to be out for this long, more so than anything else.”
The hard foul occurred on a transition play with 5:45 left in the third quarter of the Bucks’ eventual 94-90 win. Caruso played through the injury to finish the game. The medical staff pondered whether to sideline him for the rest of the game after his hard fall, but Caruso was “adamant” he wanted to play and felt OK, Donovan said.
Notes: Bulls star guard Zach LaVine (knee) and forward Javonte Green (groin) were set to fly to Oklahoma City on Sunday, Donovan said. The Bulls visit the Thunder on Monday evening, and "there's a possibility" both could return from their injuries. LaVine hadn’t been expected to play Monday, but his recovery from knee soreness has gone well.
Cody Westerlund is a sports editor for 670TheScore.com and covers the Bulls. Follow him on Twitter @CodyWesterlund.