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Rookie guard Zoran Dragic remained in Ottawa, resolving a visa issue. Center Alex Len also did not play but he could play in some of this week's preseason games as he works his way back from a second right pinkie fracture. Arizona Republic

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Alex Len broke his right pinky finger when it got caught in an opponent's jersey during his summer league debut Saturday night at Cox Pavilion. He will miss the rest of summer league play and have the finger examined in Phoenix on Monday. Len could not participate in summer league last year after having surgeries on each of his ankles. Because he was not cleared for full basketball activity until training camp last year, this summer was considered vital for the 21-year-old center's development. Len, 21, had added 10 pounds of strength since the end of his rookie season, in which he averaged 8.6 minutes in 42 appearances. Arizona Republic

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In between learning the NBA ropes as a rookie and working his way back from injuries to both feet, Len keeps close watch on the situation in Eastern Europe. Not that the 20-year-old has a full grasp on the dramatic conflict no matter the number of news sources he checks. "I don't really know. I watch Russian news, American news and Ukrainian news. Everybody says different things," Len said. "I'm not a politician. I just hope nobody gets hurt. Praying for peace, you know." He knew enough to bring his grandparents overseas to Phoenix. Other relatives remain behind in what is now Russian-occupied Crimea. CSNWashington.com

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NBA Communications: LAL's Young Suspended one game w/o pay; Suns' Len Fined $15k, Marcus Morris Fined $25k for incident last night. http://www.nba.com/video/channels/originals/2014/01/16/bbops-lal-at-phx-altercation.nba/index.html Twitter

While Morris went off for 24 points, seven boards and four assists to make up for his early exit a game prior, Young got whacked in the face by Suns rookie Alex Len. Then, he lost his cool. Young stood up and found himself in a shoving match with several Suns, including Len and the Morris twins. When Goran Dragic tried to move Young away from the Phoenix players, Swaggy P got a little too close to the swagger of Muhammad Ali — at least for the game of basketball. “I got caught up in the moment like anyone would,” Young said. “It was a tough foul. What I’m mad about is it was one on five, I felt like, and if somebody would have gotten in the middle, it wouldn’t have escalated that much. “I feel bad for Dragic,” he added. “He was the last person right there and I didn’t throw I punch. I was trying to shove people out of the way. I didn’t try to push Dragic, he’s my guy. I feel bad for that.” Valley of the Suns

“What I’m mad about is just that it was 1-on-5. If somebody would have got in the middle it wouldn’t have escalated that much.” “…I’m very frustrated…but it’s basketball, you know?” beyondthebuzzer.com

“I went up for the ball,” Len said. “I didn’t mean to hit him in the face. Hard foul. I wanted to block him but I was a little late so I was about to foul him. But I didn’t mean to hit him in the face. I knew he was going to do that (retaliate) because I knocked him down on the floor. He had to get back. I respect that.” On replay, it seems clear that Len was not aiming for Young’s head because he is looking up at the arena ceiling prior to bringing his arms down. Arizona Republic

January 15, 2014 Updates

Nick Young lost his mind in the second quarter of the Los Angeles Lakers’ Wednesday game against the Phoenix Suns. First, he drew a hard foul from Suns center Alex Len on this drive to the basket. Young retaliated with a shove against Len. From there, things escalated and Young threw a punch at Suns point guard Goran Dragic. After an extensive video review, Young and Len were both ejected from the game. Young will likely see a fine and could even get suspended for the punch of Dragic. For The Win

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