Serge Ibaka avoids suspension for flagrant foul on Blake Griffin

OKLAHOMA CITY – Thunder forward Serge Ibaka avoided a suspension and will play when the Lakers visit Oklahoma City tonight despite earning a flagrant foul for recently punching Clippers forward Blake Griffin in the groin area.

Ibaka was fined $25,000 for his incident in the final minutes of the Thunder’s 108-104 win Sunday over the Clippers. The NBA retroactively gave Ibaka a flagrant foul 2 after he had a flagrant foul 1 on the floor. Ibaka’s fine is the same equivalent Lakers guard Steve Blake received this season for swearing at a courtside fan this season. Dwight Howard earned a $35,000 fine in late Dec. for knocking Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried to the floor. Lakers forward Metta World Peace drew a one-game suspension after the NBA determined last month he struck Detroit guard Brandon Knight in the jaw.

According to the rulebook, the NBA says it will determine the following factors on evaluating fines and/or suspensions for certain flagrant fouls: severity of the contact, whether the player made the foul during a basketball play, whether the player followed through on contact, the potential for injury, severity of injury and whether the foul led to an altercation.

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