Predicting LeBron James' suspension: History suggests 2-3 games for closed-fist hit on Isaiah Stewart
This was very similar to J.R. Smith's hit on Jae Crowder in the 2015 playoffs
Nobody needs to remind anyone that the ugliest brawl in NBA history took place in Detroit. The infamous "Malice at the Palace" was back in 2004, and on Sunday night, we might've been dangerously close to a similar on-court scene.
It happened in the third quarter of the Lakers-Pistons game. Jerami Grant was shooting a free throw, and as LeBron James and Detroit's Isaiah Stewart battled for rebounding position, LeBron took a wild swing, with a closed fist, backward, connecting with Stewart's face in what is nearly impossible to regard as anything other than an intentional, hostile act.