The Atlanta Hawks need a win Tuesday night at TD Garden to keep their season alive. There's a chance they won't have one of their best players for that game.
In the closing seconds of the Boston Celtics' Game 4 win over the Hawks at State Farm Arena on Sunday, Hawks guard Dejounte Murray appeared to make contact with an official while yelling at him before walking off the court.
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The NBA rulebook states that any player who makes "intentional physical contact with an official" gets an automatic one-game suspension. While Murray appeared to give the ref a very slight bump (check out another angle here), it's possible he could be subject to this rule and get suspended for Game 5.
The NBA is investigating Murray's actions, according to ESPN's Tim Bontemps, with a ruling likely coming either Monday or early Tuesday.
Murray has been arguably the Hawks' best player in this first-round series, so losing him for a must-win Game 5 would be a crushing blow for Atlanta. This storyline is worth keeping an eye on ahead of Tuesday's Game 5, which is set for 7:30 p.m. ET in Boston.