The NBA will not render a decision Monday as to the length of suspension for Los Angeles Lakers forward Metta World Peace, who elbowed Thunder guard James Harden on the left side of the head during Sunday afternoon's game at Staples Center.
Los Angeles Lakers forward Metta World Peace points in celebration after scoring during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, April 15, 2012, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won, 112-108, in overtime. (AP Photo/Bret Hartman) ORG XMIT: CABH112
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World Peace was whistled for a Flagrant 2 foul, which under league rules warranted an automatic suspension.
Harden was diagnosed with a concussion at halftime and did not return to the game. His status is uncertain for OKC's final two regular-season games against Sacramento on Tuesday night and against Denver on Wednesday night, both at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
The NBA Playoffs begin Saturday and the Thunder and Lakers will be participating.
There is no need for a rush to judgment on World Peace because the Lakers don't play again until Thursday night at Sacramento. In addition, NBA Commissioner David Stern is holding his pre-playoff conference call Wednesday afternoon and likely will address the situation at that time.
An NBA official said it is uncertain whether Harden's prognosis will factor at all into the length of World Peace's suspension.