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The NBA has disciplined the Brooklyn Nets security guard, who walked on the Fiserv Forum court and appeared to nudge PJ Tucker during a confrontation between Milwaukee striker and Nets star Kevin Durant on Thursday night.
NBA officials said the security guard would not be assigned to any of the remaining games in Milwaukee during the second round playoff series between the Bucks and Nets. For the second round matches in Brooklyn, he is not assigned to the field.
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Although NBA officials did not reveal the security guard’s name, someone with knowledge of the situation identified him as Antjuan Lambert. Another person aware of the situation said the guard was Durant’s personal security guard before he was hired by the Nets.
People spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity as these details were not disclosed. The Athletic first reported Lambert’s name.
The situation stems from an incident that occurred in the third quarter of the Bucks’ 86-83 Game-3 win.
Tucker appeared to be complaining after being called by Durant for fouling. Tucker and Durant then started yelling at each other as they faced each other. The guard went into the square during this confrontation and put his hands on Tucker.
Milwaukee coach Mike Budenholzer said Saturday he was unaware that the Bucks were contacting the league to investigate the matter, but added that he believed it was incorrect for a security guard to take a player into their hands.
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“If it’s a Nets security guy and he bumps our player and things like that, that doesn’t seem like the protocol, and that’s what we’d expect from any kind of security, be it Bucks or Nets or Fiserv or Barclay’s Center or wherever you play, “said Budenholzer. “I don’t think you want to kick things off and escalate.”
The Nets lead the best-of-seven series with 2-1. Game 4 is Sunday in Milwaukee.