DALLAS -- The NBA suspended Dallas Mavericks backup center DeJuan Blair on Tuesday for one game without pay for kicking San Antonio Spurs center Tiago Splitter in the head during Game 4 of the opening round of the playoffs Monday night at American Airlines Center.
Blair will sit out Game 5, which will be held Wednesday in San Antonio at 6 p.m., and will be back for Game 6, which takes place Friday night at the AAC.
The incident involving Blair and Splitter occurred with 3:08 left in a game the Mavs eventually lost, 93-89. Blair was ejected from the game in what the referees described as a "hostile act.''
-- Dwain Price
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