The process from the NBA to Lopez was pretty straightforward, and Lopez called the one-game suspension “fair.” Ditching the caveman look for a clean shaven appearance at Friday morning’s shootaround, Lopez seemed at ease with what happened and wasn’t going to contest the one-game decision, especially since the NBA could’ve gone with two or three games as no precedent has been set for fighting this season. “I mean, that’s what the league gave. I’m going to stick with it,” Lopez said, adding, “I didn’t change my story.”
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More importantly, it again signaled the reality that the belief this team can make a run for the playoffs with the schedule being the easiest of the contenders over the next two weeks is a fallacy—if the first 70 games is any indication. “For us to come out with that lack of effort at this point in the season is maddening,” Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said. “Look at the points in the paint, 70-30; that tells you everything you need to know about tonight’s game.”