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No suspension for Pietrus

Posted on: June 12, 2009 12:16 pm
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Mickael Pietrus won't be fined or suspended for Game 5 of the NBA Finals after the league office reviewed his hard foul against Pau Gasol at the end of overtime in Game 4 and decided not to take further action, has learned.

This was the convenient way to handle this; the last thing anybody wanted was a controversy heading into a closeout game in the Finals. But it was not the right way to handle it. After so many upgrades and downgrades of flagrants this postseason, it was incumbent upon the NBA to get this one right. I don't think they did, but I am willing to give them a chance to explain.

At the competition committee meeting in Chicago last month, team executives told league officials that they need explicit guidelines for what constitutes a flagrant-one and flagrant-two. The rule book defines a flagrant-two as "unnecessary and excessive contact," but Stu Jackson and his comrades have a compendium of factors and circumstances that they consider when reviewing flagrant calls to determine if the punishment was assessed correctly.

The league has agreed to provide these guidelines to players, coaches, media, and fans before next season. Obviously, we could've used them sooner, because it has become virtually impossible to look at a flagrant foul and determine what the league will make of it.

It's supposed to be like obscenity. You're supposed to be able to know it when you see it. To me, Pietrus' foul on Gasol fit that description better than any other flagrant foul I've seen this postseason.

Category: NBA

Since: Sep 25, 2007
Posted on: June 12, 2009 1:24 pm

No suspension for Pietrus

100% agreed.  Finally a response that understands the game.

Since: Mar 4, 2009
Posted on: June 12, 2009 1:24 pm

No suspension for Pietrus

Are you kidding me? You are clueless if you thought Kobe's elbow hitting Nelson while Nelson rushed at Kobe is at all a flagrant/suspendable offense. Kobe was in the act of passing the ball and Nelson ran into his elbow. Happens all night long in every NBA game. His flopping backward on the ground doesn't make it a foul or a suspendable act. Pietrus, on the other hand, deliberately shoved Gasol from behind and could have caused injury. It was as flagrant and excessive as they come.
Let me guess, you're a kobe/Lakers hater.

Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: June 12, 2009 1:24 pm

No suspension for Pietrus

I don't think Pietrus should be suspended. A flagarant should have been called then in there. If anything, I feel a fine is more appropriate. Pietrus took a cheap shot, there's no doubt, but saying it could have been worse is stupid because it wasn't worse. It was simply a cheap shot not worthy of a suspension.

On a side note, it seems every Magic fan I've seen on these boards cries like a little girl about no-calls. This has been going on the entire postseason. Complaining about bad calls is one thing...but no calls? Please.

Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: June 12, 2009 1:19 pm

No suspension for Pietrus

I must be the only one who thought Pau Gasol should have dunked that. Unless he knew there were only 3 seconds left, which he may or may not have, you take the easy 2 and put it away. What if he thought there were 5 or 6 seconds? Do you risk a pass?  A 7 point lead is much better than 5. Did anyone else see Dwight Howard miss 2 FT's at the end of regulation? Anyone else see the Magic get a point blank 2 off in 1/2 a second?

Botched FT's, an easy 2 and an off the ball foul, a steal or a 5 second penalty and the Magic have a desperation shot. The Lakers should have taken the easy 2, call it bush league if you want, but it was a heads up play. There is no time to shoot multiple 3's, so 7 point lead and it would be over.

Since: Mar 26, 2007
Posted on: June 12, 2009 1:10 pm

No suspension for Pietrus

Nobody was saying crap when the Celts were running the score up on Gasol was ok with trying to get another point for his team.  But to not even fine Pietrus, is way crazy...  But we should have another title in LA soon--so we'll let it slide...LOL


Since: Jan 23, 2008
Posted on: June 12, 2009 1:05 pm

No suspension for Pietrus

Don't be stupid.   Kobe was passing the ball and Nelson turned around to double team and elbow met face.  It wasnt on purpose.

Since: Dec 19, 2007
Posted on: June 12, 2009 1:04 pm

No suspension for Pietrus

I want to see the Magic win the series but Pietrus deserves to be suspended.  He never jumped or even came close to making a play on the ball.  He just gave Gasol two forearms to the back when Gasol was defenseless.  It was a cheap shot and un-called for.  I like Pietrus, he is a good player and seems to be a good guy but this was wrong.  He got beat and should take it like a man.  NBA must have a different set of rules for the finals because any other game that is a suspension and a fine( and if you are Gasol it should've been a fight).  Stu Jackson is a hipocrit and said when Dwight Howard did it in the Boston series that any player who attempts to cause harm to another player would be suspended.  What happened Stu?

Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: June 12, 2009 1:01 pm

No suspension for Pietrus

There was no trying about it.  He's a center standing under the basket with Magic players closing. And you want him to dribble? If the game was over, why were the Magic pressuring the ball.

Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: June 12, 2009 1:00 pm

No suspension for Pietrus

Anybody think Gasol shouldn't have been trying to dunk it with a 6 point lead and 3 seconds to go?
Yes, he should have just held the ball.  The game was over.

Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: June 12, 2009 12:56 pm

No suspension for Pietrus

It's not over until it it over.....

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