I don’t think Peace intended to club Oklahoma City’s James Harden. But after feeling as if justice was not served on his own behalf in the first half today against the Thunder, I believe he intended to club somebody.
And for that, Peace will (or should) be out for awhile.
By this time Monday, I expect Stu Jackson to announce that Peace is suspended for as much as 10 games. That’s right. Ten.
Now, I could also see him getting a mere five game suspension–with the league giving him credit for “good behavior” since that ugly, going-in-the-stands thing.
Five games would take him into the first round of the playoffs. Gievn his past, I’m not sure Stu will think that’s just enough.
Peace should miss no’ ‘money time.
And that can only happen if Peace is suspended for double digits.
Fortunately, Harden appears to have survived the clubbing. The Thunder reported that he passed league-manded concussion tests, and he was apparently available for the second half of the thrilling Lakers-Thunder game. And that could help Peace’s cause.
But Peace did what he did. And considering his past, he will (and should) be suspended for a considerable period of time–time that matters.