During Tuesday night’s 105-100 win over the Sacramento Kings, Atlanta Hawks point guard Dennis Schröder was involved in an “incident” with Kings big man DeMarcus Cousins, and on Thursday, that issue resulted in a loss of on-court time.
Hawks rookie guard Dennis Schroder has been suspended for one game without pay for striking Kings center DeMarcus Cousins in the groin.
— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) November 7, 2013
Marc Spears of Yahoo! (among many others) is reporting that Schröder will be sidelined for Thursday night’s game against the Nuggets as a result of a league-mandated suspension. Frankly, many people saw this coming, and one game does seem to be the most appropriate course of action for the Hawks rookie.
With Schröder out of the lineup, Shelvin Mack would presumably be thrust into backup point guard duties behind starter Jeff Teague, and if there was ever a night where the backup point guard would be emphasized, it is here. Denver is led by point guard Ty Lawson (who doubles as the team’s best player) and the uber-quick former UNC Tar Heel is the engine that makes everything go for Denver.
For more on tonight’s game, be sure to check our preview thread here, but it will be very interesting to see what happens without Schröder’s services.