Roy Hibbert responds to a two-hand shove by Golden State's David Lee and the scrum that never was enters an area on the baseline near seated fans. The result? Fines for two Pacers and a one game suspension for the aforementioned Hibbert. Of course, Golden State also got stung with a one game ban on Lee and fines for Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson.
Pacer fans may not have liked the results (especially because the Pacers lost their next game to the Clippers sans Hibbert), but it was understood that you just cannot take a possible altercation near the stands (even if Steph Curry is doing his best Van Gundy impression to escort you in that direction).
Now, on Sunday, Serge Ibaka makes a closed fist strike to Blake Griffin's groin area. The strike was intentional. The result? A fine. Just a fine. Only a fine. Of course, the Thunder are squaring off against the Lakers in a nationally televised game as this fan post is being written.
Yes, there are differences in the two infractions - one was close to fans the other was not. But, the one that was not close to fans involved a closed fist hit.
To really put this in perspective though, let's look at Will Bynum who made a similar closed fist strike against Tyler Hansbrough's stomach just a week ago. The result? A one game suspension for Bynum.
If the League suspended Hibbert and Bynum, it should have suspended Ibaka.