NBA official Courtney Kirkland, Warriors' Shaun Livingston suspended for altercation

Warriors guard Shaun Livingston was suspended one game Monday, and NBA referee Courtney Kirkland has been removed from the league’s officiating rotation for one week following Sunday night’s on-court altercation, the league announced Monday.

Livingston, 32, and Kirkland bumped heads after Livingston protested a non-call in the second quarter of the Warriors’ 123-95 win over the Heat at American Airlines Arena.

As a result, Livingston was assessed a technical foul and ejected for making contact with a game official. Upon league office review, it was determined that Kirkland moved toward Livingston and shared responsibility for the contact that occurred.

Kirkland’s suspension will begin Monday and run through Sunday, Dec. 10. He will be eligible to return to game action on Monday, Dec. 11. Livingston will serve his suspension Monday night when the Warriors play the Pelicans.

Livingston, one of the main pieces off Golden State’s bench last year during its championship run, has averaged just 4.7 points and 2.0 assists so far this season.

With Livingston out of the lineup, Andre Iguodala and Nick Young could earn time at backup point guard.

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