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Sports Raptors’ Serge Ibaka issues apology for suspension

22:06  11 january  2018
22:06  11 january  2018 Source:   sportsnet.ca

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The Toronto Raptors announced Friday that forward Serge Ibaka has been suspended for one game after a violation of team rules. The suspension resulted from an altercation between Ibaka and a Raptors staff member after the Dec.

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Suspended for Thursday night’s big game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Toronto Raptors forward Serge Ibaka issued an apology on Twitter.

“Sometimes during a game my emotions can lead to bad reactions and I’m not proud of that,” Ibaka’s apology reads. “This is why I want to apologize to the Raptors organization, the fans, the staff and my teammates for my suspension.”

https://twitter.com/sergeibaka/status/951519064014209024

Ibaka and Miami Heat forward James Johnson were suspended one game apiece for throwing punches at each other during Tuesday night’s matchup.

Johnson took to Twitter Wednesday night to issue an apology of his own.

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The suspension comes a day after Ibaka and Lopez exchanged punches in a wild skirmish at the Air Canada Centre. Related Items:chicago bulls, raptors bulls, Robin Lopez, Serge Ibaka , toronto raptors . Post-game news & notes: Late-game issues reappear as Wizards even series.

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The Raptors will have to make due without Ibaka and his averages of 13.8 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.6 blocks with LeBron James and the Cavaliers in town Thursday.

Coming into Thursday’s game there was some concern that Cleveland star guard Isaiah Thomas would also be forced to sit after he appeared to clothesline the Minnesota Timberwolves’ Andrew Wiggins during a Monday night contest. Luckily for Thomas and the Cavaliers, however, the diminutive all-star only got slapped with a $20,000 fine.

Toronto plays Cleveland Thursday at 8:00 p.m. ET. Catch the game on Sportsnet Ontario and Sportsnet ONE.

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Before his Toronto Raptors took on the Cleveland Cavaliers without the injured Kyle Lowry or suspended Serge Ibaka - a game that would tip off a 48-hour stretch against three-time defending finalists Cleveland and Golden State - Dwane Casey reminded reporters there was no time for built-in excuses."They're not going to cancel the game," Casey quipped. "Guys who have been wanting playing time and needing playing time are going to have the opportunity."At the time, the prospect of canceling Thursday's nationally televised game against the Cavs sounded like a mercy option for the shorthanded Raptors.

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