All-Star small forward Paul George has not been suspended for leaving the bench and taking steps onto the court during an altercation in Game 6 on Thursday at Atlanta and will be available to play for the Pacers in Game 7 at home against the Hawks on Saturday.
Teammate George Hill and Hawks backup forward Mike Scott got into a scuffle just before halftime of Game 6 and Paul, who was catching a breather on the bench at the time, took a couple steps onto the court towards the altercation before being restrained by assistant coaches.
The brief shoving match between Hill and Scott occurred right in front of Indiana’s bench.
After NBA officials reviewed tape of the incident, they decided not to punish George. Hill and Scott were not punished either. The same goes for Pacers backup swingman Rasual Butler, who was on the bench with George and also took steps onto the court.
Since no players were penalized, both teams will have their full squads available for the series finale.
The Hawks entered Game 6 at home on Tuesday with a 3-2 series lead and could have eliminated Indiana with a win. However, they crumbled down the stretch and veteran David West led the Pacers on a 16-4 run in the final three minutes and Indiana won the game 95-88 to tie the series at 3-3, forcing a seventh-and-final game.
Game 7 will be at Indianapolis on Saturday.