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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.

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Since: Jun 9, 2009
Posted on: June 12, 2009 2:32 pm

No suspension for Pietrus

Yes, that dunk was necessary to deflate the Magic. And the Lakers didn't want to get fouled and have the clock stopped, so they were running a play designed to run the clock, try to score, and seal the deal. I don't like to see players suspended in a finals series, but that foul was flagrant and a result of Magic frustration. 

Since: Jun 6, 2008
Posted on: June 12, 2009 2:25 pm

No suspension for Pietrus

Completely agreed.  Gasol did that in game 3 of round 2 and the Rocket just about took him out.  I thought he would've learned then you don't dunk up 5+ points on the oppositions home court as time is running out.  You back it out.  He deserved everything he got and lucky he didn't get more.  Can you imagine if he did that to old Knicks and Pistons teams?  He would have been carted off on a stretcher missing teeth and maybe never playing again.  Europeans have ruined the game.  They have no thought of sportsmanship. You can see this in soccer celebrations.  The league should definately asses Kobe something since he hit Howard with an elbow after the play and then through one at Nelson just to clear space.  That missed call was so obvious its unreal.. You could see the ref signal he flopped.  Why call a flop then? Gasol had been doing it all game, series, year, career and no non calls for flops.

Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: June 12, 2009 2:24 pm

No suspension for Pietrus

it was a 5 point lead.  Gasol was making it a 3 possession game.  He definitely should have dunked it.

Since: Aug 26, 2006
Posted on: June 12, 2009 2:22 pm

ABC Broadcasting SUCKS

The coaches brother is in the middle so obviously there is a bias but this crew has yet to comment on the unfairness and poor officiating in this game.  2 fists clinched and he pulls his arms back to slam them into the lower back of a guy extended in the air.  This warrants a 3 game suspension to say the least.  If Gasol ended up with back spasms or worse and couldn't play what would they say then?  It's like a guy who tries to kill someone but because he didn't succeed he doesn't get as stiff as a penalty. 

18 Free Throw attempts in the 4th and OT to ZERO for the Lakers.  Turk pushes off with his arm everytime he drives. Howard moves on the screen nearly everytime and Howard pushes off on Gasol in the head or shoulder nearly everytime he setups up in the post.  The Laker Bigs were taken out of the game by poor officiating. The only reason no one is discussing this is because the Lakers won.

The ABC team doesn't even comment on any of this.  I wish these games were on TNT where the commentary is impartial.

Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: June 12, 2009 2:21 pm

Kobe didn't elbow nelson

Nelson ran his face into kobe's elbow, as kobe was moving it well within the range of regular basketball motion to deliver the pass to fisher.  Reason #45235234234 that you dont play defense with your face.

You idiots need to stop comparing this play to the intentional 2 fists in the back walloping that pietrus gave gasol.  They are completely different.

Since: Aug 26, 2006
Posted on: June 12, 2009 2:17 pm

No suspension for Pietrus

You are dead wrong on this.  Kobe did not throw an elbow.  Nelson came up to Kobi's chest and the player has the right to move his arms and find an outlet.  If Kobi had cleared out with his elbow it would have and should have been a suspension but Nelson is the one to blame here.

Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: June 12, 2009 2:15 pm

No suspension for Pietrus

Maybe, maybe not but completely irrelevant to whether or not Pietrus should be suspended for punching Gasol in the back.

Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: June 12, 2009 2:14 pm

No suspension for Pietrus

Bro, then the league needs to suspend Howard for all his hip checks when he screens or the elbows he throws at Gasol when he posts up.  It works both ways.......

Since: Aug 18, 2008
Posted on: June 12, 2009 2:12 pm
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Since: Sep 28, 2007
Posted on: June 12, 2009 2:10 pm

No suspension for Pietrus

No, because kobe's elbow was an accident.  Pietrus' foul was deliberate, he was not going for the ball, and that is the definition of a flagrant two with a game suspension.  Suspend Kobe for that elbow?  Dude, you have got to be the dumbest so called fan I have ever seen on this site.  What a stupid comment.  Learn a little about the game of basketball before you get back on here and write something so moronic.

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