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Will Alston be suspended for Game 3?

Posted on: May 7, 2009 12:28 am
Since Rafer Alston's slap to the back of Eddie House's head will be a topic of conversation until Game 3 between the Celtics and Magic on Saturday, I thought it would be appropriate to share details of a chat I had with Alston before Game 1 on Monday night in Boston.

I was asking Alston what he thought of Rajon Rondo's physical play in the first round against Chicago. Given his face-rake of Brad Miller and WWE move against Kirk Hinrich, Rondo certainly established himself as a focal point of confrontation as the Celtics ventured into the second round against Orlando.

Alston told me those two plays against Chicago weren't unique in Rondo's arsenal. "They just saw those two," Alston said. "He’s been doing it a long time. The series started to get a little physical and he was in the midst of it all. I don't think he’s a dirty player at all by any standard, But definitely, the latter part of that series, he started getting some fouls, getting into some physical confrontations."

Then I asked Alston what I thought was an important question: How do you match Rondo's intensity without crossing the line?

"I usually don’t get into that unless I think they’re taking too many cheap shots," Alston said. "But other than that, I don’t normally get into the back and forth, shouting match, hit-for-hit, and shove-for-shove. I try to let the refs handle that. But if it’s going on long, I may either say something to the refs or give a shove or something like that. But I don’t get into it for the most part."

Enter Mr. House. Now don't get me wrong, Eddie House is an immensely valuable 3-point shooter off the bench for the Celtics. Anybody who watches and knows the NBA knows that he's also one of the cockiest, most annoying, most willing trash-talkers in the league. He's known for barking at the opponent's bench after hitting a 3-pointer nearby. Whatever transpired after House hit the 3-pointer that led to Alston's slap, Alston is the one under the microscope. As well he should be. Should he be suspended? I think not. For a Three Stooges impersonation? C'mon. Sure, it was extracurricular, gratuitous, and had nothing to do with the play. But I think the standard for suspension should be a little higher than a Mo, Larry, and Curly move. But that's just me.

Given Alston's comments before Game 1, it would be interesting to find out what precipitated his decision to pop House in the head like a Catholic school teacher. If he was answering my question honestly -- and I have no reason to believe he wasn't -- then there must have been some other extracurricular activity to prompt him to go off like that.

Lost in all of this: Boy, the Magic are a weak-kneed bunch, no?


Since: May 7, 2009
Posted on: May 7, 2009 11:41 am

Will Alston be suspended for Game 3?

Kobe suspended?  Come on now.  I'm a Laker hater too, but I'm a Laker hater with at least a hint of objectivity.

Since: May 7, 2009
Posted on: May 7, 2009 11:38 am

Will Alston be suspended for Game 3?

Although Rondo's hit to Brad Miller's face was excessive, it certainly was not malicious.  Rondo wanted to stop Brad Miller from scoring, and he did so without much regard for Brad Miller's face, but I doubt that he consciously decided to slap him.  Rafer Alston clearly did consciously slap Eddie House outside the context of a play.  Whether that difference is enough to distinguish between a suspension and no suspension is up to the league.  However, that distinction IS enough to say that we can't rule out a suspension on the basis that Alston's infraction was the same as Rondo's.  It wasn't.

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: May 7, 2009 10:59 am

Eddie House Should Get T'd

Why don't they give him a technical foul when he trash talks the other team after a made shot.  Kobe Bryant said "you can't guard me" as he was walking back down the court last night and they T'd him up.  So, why can Eddie House trash talk the bench after shots and not get a technical?

Also, in regards to last nights Lakers game, how did they give 2 technicals to the Lakers and only 1 to Rockets in that altercation after Lamar Odom was fouled hard by Sciola (spelling).  He smacked Odom in the face and then pulled him by his jersey after the foul.  That should have been a flagrant and/or a technical right there.  Odom walked away and kind of smiled about it looking at Sciola.  Sciola got in Odom's face.  Luke Walton stepped in, Sciola and him talked in each other's face.  Lakers were given 2 T's, Rockets 1.  So I'm assuming Odom and Walton got 1 each, and Sciola 1.  First off, Odom didn't do anything at all to warrant a T.  Walton came over and said something so that 1 was justified.  Sciola committed the a hard foul, pulled Odom by his jersey, and kept going at it with Walton.  He even had to be pushed away by the referees, as if he was the main aggressor.  No way should the Lakers have had 2 to 1.  It should have been even, or if anything a technical and a flagrant on Sciola, plus a technical on Walton. 

Then you have the Fisher hard foul on Sciola.  Yeah it looked bad, but Sciola did flop a little.  Even so, Phil Jackson said it best.  The referees are inconsistant.  In a game with the Jazz they did the same thing and were only given a personal foul.  When handing out technicals, flagrants, and ejections, you have to be consistant.  The NBA has not been.

Since: Apr 29, 2007
Posted on: May 7, 2009 10:33 am

Will Alston be suspended for Game 3?

They didn't  sspend Rajon for the hit in the Chicago series, so they shouldn't suspend Ralston now. I would like to know if you attended a Catholic High School. I did and never saw  a  teacher or nun slap any student.

Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: May 7, 2009 10:07 am

Will Alston be suspended for Game 3?

As a Celtics fan, I say let him play.  Yes, it was stupid but it'd be different if he punched House.  I didn't see blood or any intent to really injure House.  Maybe fine Rafer, but let them play this out. 

Since: Apr 17, 2007
Posted on: May 7, 2009 7:19 am

Will Alston be suspended for Game 3?

Alston shouldn't be suspended. Eddie House has a great position for the Celtics: play no defense, jaw with the other team, shoot the ball whenever you get a chance, and go sit down. Great points about his reputation in the league, Ken. When you watch Eddie House, you can go ahead and assume the Celtics are up big or down big because his style is not suited for tight games. He's great when you're down by 3 or more with 1 minute left.

Rajon Rondo and Rafer Alston got into shoving matches when Alston was playing for the Rockets. I don't know if there's increased coverage this year or not, but it seems as if tensions are rising big-time in the playoffs. Elbows are flying and Derek Fisher is being ejected! Yes, Derek Fisher! Udonis Haslem, Ron Artest, Derek Fisher, Dwight Howard, etc. have been ejected. Amazingly, Rondo was not ejected from a very tight game in headed for overtime. While I believe Rondo means a lot more to Boston (with Kevin Garnett out) than Alston does to Orlando, neither team can afford to lose another starter. A suspension not only takes the player away but all the momentum could swing to Boston leaving Orlando frustrated with the loss of another player to suspension during the playoffs.

Since: Feb 12, 2007
Posted on: May 7, 2009 1:58 am

Will Alston be suspended for Game 3?

He has to be suspeneded. They cant allow players to swing at each other like that. If they dont suspend him, that gives an OK to swing at an opposing player, as long as your hand is open.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: May 7, 2009 1:32 am

Will Alston be suspended for Game 3?

I think the more important question is...will KOBE be suspended for game 3? an elbow to the neck of ron ron looked worse than dwights little elbow jab

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