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NBA disciplines security guard involved in Bucks-Nets skirmish in Game 3

NBA disciplines security guard involved in Bucks-Nets skirmish in Game 3

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MILWAUKEE — The NBA has disciplined the Brooklyn Nets security guard who went on the Fiserv Forum court and appeared to shove P.J. Tucker during a confrontation between the Milwaukee Bucks forward and Nets star Kevin Durant on Thursday.

NBA officials said the security guard wouldn’t be assigned to any of the remaining games in Milwaukee during the second-round playoff series between the Bucks and Nets. He won’t be assigned to the court area for the second-round games in Brooklyn.

Budenholzer discusses the Bucks' approach to defending the Nets' star-studded offense, Jrue Holiday's NBA Sportsmanship Award and more Friday afternoon ahead of Milwaukee's second-round opener Saturday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Although NBA officials didn’t provide the name of the security guard, a person with knowledge of the situation identified him as Antjuan Lambert. Another person with knowledge of the situation said the security guard was Durant’s personal security guy before being hired by the Nets.

The situation stems from an incident that occurred in the third quarter of the Bucks' 86-83 Game 3 victory.

Tucker appeared to be complaining after getting called for fouling Durant. Tucker and Durant then started jawing at each other as they got face to face. The security guard went on the court during this confrontation and put his hands on Tucker.

Milwaukee coach Mike Budenholzer said Saturday he wasn’t aware of the Bucks contacting the league to look into the matter, but he added he didn’t think it would be right for a security guard to put his hands on a player.

“If it’s a Nets security guy and he’s bumping our player and things like that, it doesn’t seem like that’s the protocol, and that’s kind of what we would expect from any type of security, whether it be Bucks or Nets or Fiserv or Barclay’s Center or wherever you may be playing,” Budenholzer said. “I don’t think you want to bump and escalate things.”

The Nets lead the best-of-seven series 2-1. Game 4 is Sunday in Milwaukee.

Meanwhile, the Nets announced they again won’t have James Harden but could have forward Jeff Green back for Game 4 on Sunday.

Nets coach Steve Nash said both players are “progressing well.”

Harden hasn’t played since leaving Game 1 of the series in the opening minute with tightness in his right hamstring. Green hasn’t played at all in the series due to a plantar fascia strain.

Green last played in Game 2 of the Nets’ first-round series against the Boston Celtics.


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