Atlanta Hawks rookie point guard Dennis Schroder got hit with a one-game suspension from the NBA for striking Kings center DeMarcus Cousins in the groin during Tuesday’s game in Sacramento.
Schroder’s suspension is effective immediately and he will miss tonight’s game in Denver.
The incident occurred at the 9:54 mark in the fourth quarter of the Hawks’ 105-100 win as Schroder was defending Isaiah Thomas and was trying to fight through a screen set by Cousins.
Schroder told the AJC he was just trying to get around the screen.
“I was guarding Isaiah Thomas, and we got tangled up as I was trying to get around the screen,” Schroder said Wednesday. “I was just focused on getting back into position and in front of my guy.”
Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer defended his rookie by saying “Dennis was just trying to get over the pick that Cousins set. They got tangled up for a second, which happens all the time defending the pick and roll.”
It’s worth noting that a foul was not called on the play and Schroder was not penalized during the game.
With Schroder out for tonight’s game against the Nuggets, third-string point guard Shelvin Mack will likely see an increased workload.