NBA: Portland Trail Blazers guard C.J. McCollum to serve a 1-game ban

NBA player CJ McCollum (right) from the Portland Trailblazers vies during the NBA Africa Game 2017 basketball match between Team Africa and Team World in Johannesburg on Aug 5, 2017. PHOTO: AFP

New York (AFP) - Portland Trail Blazers guard C.J. McCollum was suspended one game without pay on Saturday (Oct 14) by the NBA (National Basketball Association) for leaving the bench area during an altercation.

The 26-year-old American briefly went onto the court from the bench during a scuffle between Portland forward Caleb Swanigan and the Phoenix Suns' Alex Len, a centre from Ukraine.

The incident, which McCollum did not become involved in before being restrained by a Trail Blazers staff member, took place with 9min 33sec to play in the fourth quarter of the Trail Blazers' 113-104 pre-season victory at Phoenix.

McCollum will serve the ban in Wednesday's NBA regular-season opener when the Trail Blazers again play at Phoenix.

He will be eligible to return on Friday when the Trail Blazers visit the Indiana Pacers.

The suspension is expected to cost McCollum about US$165,000 (S$222,705).

McCollum averaged a career-high 23 points plus 3.6 rebounds and 3.6 assists a game last season, when he made a league-best 91.2 per cent of his free throws.

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