The NBA launched an investigation surrounding an incident involving guard Dejounte Murray and the game officials after the Atlanta Hawks’ loss to the Boston Celtics on Sunday, a source told ESPN’s Tim Bontemps.

As the buzzer sounded on the Celtics’ 129-121 victory in Game 4, Murray approached referee Gediminas Petraitis and appeared to bump him with his chest while leaning in to say something. Murray then began to walk off the court with teammates but turned around, seemingly to direct more words toward another referee on the opposite side of the court before being pulled away.

A suspension for Atlanta’s must-win Game 5 Tuesday is not out of the question. Celtics forward Grant Williams was banned one contest earlier this season after making contact with a referee and directing “inappropriate language” toward them during a game in October.


Murray had 23 points, nine rebounds, six assists, one block, and a steal in Sunday’s loss but was a team-worst minus-16 in 40 minutes. Through the series’ four games, the 26-year-old is averaging 25.3 points, 7.3 rebounds, 5.8 assists, and 2.3 steals and is shooting 39.4% from distance.

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