The Bucks are eager to move on after Grayson Allen's one-game NBA suspension for the foul on Alex Caruso

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Bucks guard Grayson Allen fouls Bulls guard Alex Caruso on Friday night, a play that led to his ejection and subsequently a one-game suspension by the NBA>
Bucks guard Grayson Allen fouls Bulls guard Alex Caruso on Friday night, a play that led to his ejection and subsequently a one-game suspension by the NBA>

The NBA's one-game suspension for Milwaukee Bucks guard Grayson Allen after his flagrant 2 foul against the Chicago Bulls' Alex Caruso became a flash point for the league this week.

The Bulls expressed their anger after Milwaukee's 94-90 victory on Friday. Former NBA player Amar'e Stoudemire, now on the coaching staff of the Brooklyn Nets, ignited debate on social media after posting that the punishment wasn't enough.

On the play, Caruso took off on a layup attempt and Allen met him in the air. Allen hooked Caruso's arm. Allen also followed through with his other arm and Caruso crashed hard to the court. On Saturday, the Bulls announced Caruso would need surgery for a fractured right wrist and then be evaluated in six-to-eight weeks.

The Bucks are eager to put the incident behind them. Head coach Mike Budenholzer echoed the team's statement after the suspension was announced on Sunday.

"I think we disagree with the decision but we support Grayson," Budenholzer said on Monday. "We look forward to having him back. I think we're all ready to just move forward.

"It's very, very, very unfortunate what happened to Alex Caruso. None of us want injury to happen to anybody at any time for any reason. Our thoughts are with Alex. Our thoughts are with the team with Coach (Billy) Donovan. You don't want that, but at the same time, Grayson and what he's meant to us has been unbelievable. We love his toughness, we love his competitiveness and we look forward to having him back on Friday.

Budenholzer did not say if anyone on the Bucks had reached out to the Bulls.

"I think all that is private," Budenholzer said. "I think there's a ton of respect, really, between both organizations if you wanted to know deep down. I think that respect, it is important that it is shown."

The debate about Allen is especially heated because of the guard's history. He was suspended at Duke after several high-profile tripping incidents.

The guard was asked at the Bucks' media day in September about putting that reputation behind him.

“For two years, that was if not the biggest, like a top-five story for college basketball,” Allen said. “So I mean people are going to remember it, people are going to bring it up. It’s only natural. But to some degree it has been six years since my sophomore year of college, five years since junior year, so it’s almost getting time, I feel like.”

Bucks teammate Bobby Portis knows what it's like trying to shake the public's perception. Before he became a beloved player in Milwaukee during last season's march to the NBA title, Portis had a checkered start to his career, including a suspension from the Bulls for punching teammate Nikola Mirotic in the face.

"Just blocking out the outside noise," Portis said. "And doing your job every day, being the best teammate you can. Letting your work, the craft, always do the talking. And just going out there and impacting and winning meaningful games just changes the narrative a lot.

Milwaukee Bucks guard Grayson Allen was suspended one game by the NBA for his flagrant 2 foul against the Chicago Bulls' Alex Caruso on Friday.
Milwaukee Bucks guard Grayson Allen was suspended one game by the NBA for his flagrant 2 foul against the Chicago Bulls' Alex Caruso on Friday.

"With me coming to the Milwaukee Bucks and just the run we went on last year and all those things, I don't really hear too much any more about the past any more. I think the same thing can happen with Grayson."

Allen was able to practice with the team on Monday. He sat out the Bucks' victory over the Sacramento Kings on Saturday with a hip injury. The 26-year-old guard is averaging 11.8 points per game.

"It was great," Budenholzer said. "You don't get very many times to practice. We had a good practice. He felt good. Looked good. So he'll put his work in over the next few days and be ready to go on Friday (against the New York Knicks)."

The Bucks will be short-handed against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday. In addition to Allen, Milwaukee will be without guard Wesley Matthews, who bruised his left knee against the Kings. He didn't practice on Monday.

"I think we're hopeful that it's just kind of like sore and a bruise and nothing more than that," Budenholzer said. "And so we'll just see how the next two-to-three days go and evaluate and update after that."

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