Date: Dec. 17, 2013
Result: Ejected and suspended for the next game
Explanation: The weakest of all the incidents. Frustrated because his team was losing and Adams was bruising him around, Hamilton fired off a half-hearted, closed-fist swing that hit Adams in the shoulder. The refs deemed it a punch, ejected him, and the league agreed, suspending him. But to Adams, it was less than a love tap.
Date: Jan. 11, 2014
Result: Ejected and fined
Explanation: As Adams crashed in for an offensive rebound, he shoved Sanders with a forceful forearm to the chest. Sanders took immediate exception, throwing back a wild elbow to Adams’ neck area and then confronting him with another elbow and stare. Adams kind of laughed and then wandered over to the bench.
Date: May 1, 2014
Result: Suspended for Game 7
Explanation: Trailing a fast break in the middle of the third quarter on Thursday night, the two big men were in a physical tussle. Randolph had been complaining to the referees a few minutes earlier about Adams’ constant physicality, and the frustration of the impending loss and irritating opponent seemed to briefly set him off. Randolph popped Adams with a subtle punch in the chin. Adams didn’t respond. The refs stopped play, but didn’t see or review the punch. The NBA reviewed video of it Friday and laid down the hammer.