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Bulls suspend Portis 8 games for punch

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(TSX / STATS) -- Chicago Bulls forward Bobby Portis was suspended eight games less than 24 hours after punching teammate Nikola Mirotic and breaking his jaw at practice, the team announced Wednesday.

In announcing the suspension by the team, Bulls executive vice president John Paxson said Mirotic will be out four to six weeks after suffering fractures to his upper jaw and a concussion from Tuesday's altercation.

"Both players owned responsibility in the incident itself but only one player threw a punch," Paxson told reporters Wednesday. "And that punch connected. For us, that is inexcusable. It's not who we are. It disappoints us."

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