NBA Finals: LeBron James and Isaiah Stewart suspended for Game 1

LeBron James and Isaiah Stewart have been suspended for Game 1 of the NBA Finals.

The Cleveland Cavaliers forward and the Atlanta Hawks guard were punished by the NBA following Monday’s game one.

Stewart, 19, who joined the Hawks from Maccabi Tel Aviv last week, grabbed James’ shorts before a scrum at the end of the game.

The players involved now face fines up to $25,000 for acting in an unsportsmanlike manner.

Those fines will be announced on Wednesday, after they are assessed by the NBA’s chief operating officer, Kiki VanDeWeghe.

Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer, who was coaching in his first finals, was also fined $25,000.

One of the players involved is expected to be suspended by the NBA for the rest of the final series.

Stewart, who is from Utah, has been promoted from the D-League to the first team for next season after being drafted 16th overall.

He was at the centre of a mini scrum at the conclusion of Monday’s game, which the Hawks lost 120-104.

Meanwhile, Harrison Barnes was fined $35,000 by the NBA for colliding with Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry during last week’s NBA Western Conference finals.

They were part of a war of words between the two veteran stars after a series of fines and suspensions, as both teams prepared for this week’s finals, which start in Cleveland on Thursday.

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