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Mike Budenholzer suspended one game for contact with official

The Atlanta Hawks will be without their head coach for Sunday’s game against the Pacers.

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The Atlanta Hawks will be without head coach Mike Budenholzer for Sunday’s game against the Indiana Pacers after he was hit with a one-game suspension for making contact with an official during Friday’s loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The incident occurred at the 2:42 mark of the third quarter when Budenholzer was protesting what he perceived to be a non-call against Cleveland’s LeBron James. He made slight contact with official Brian Forte and was assessed a technical foul on the play.

“I fully understand and respect the decision of the NBA. I plan to reach out to Brian as soon as possible and intend to apologize for the contact that I made during last night’s game. The referees have the most difficult job on the court and do an outstanding job of managing the needs of the game, players and coaches. I accept the suspension, will learn from it and look forward to moving beyond this.”

Assistant Darvin Ham will take over head coaching duties for the team on Sunday.