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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: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: June 12, 2009 2:08 pm

No suspension for Pietrus

you're joking, right

Since: Mar 4, 2008
Posted on: June 12, 2009 2:06 pm

No suspension for Pietrus

BAD MOVE BY THE NBA.  Definitely "unnecessary and excessive".  Could have really hurt Gasol.  And this is the NBA and there is nothing wrong with a celebration dunk in an emotional game. Howard would have dunked it too and the Lakers would have no problem with it. 

As far as Kobe goes, he was delivering a pass while Nelson undercut him. That's called incidental contact. Had he got a rebound and swung his elbows, he would have been called for a foul. Know the rules.

Also, the Magic had so many more free throws that they can't complain about any calls. Check the stats.

GO LAKERS!!!  #15 on the way!

Since: Apr 29, 2009
Posted on: June 12, 2009 2:04 pm

No suspension for Pietrus

The correct call was made there.  An inadvertant elbow with Nelson crowding up close doesn't warrant a foul or suspension.  Howard hit Gasol and Kobe in the throat trying to clear space.  Howard also pushed Gasol in the back going for a rebound, yet Fisher was called for pushing Howard instead....

Since: Apr 29, 2009
Posted on: June 12, 2009 2:01 pm

No suspension for Pietrus

You dunk the ball and put the game out of reach...3 seconds is still to much time.  Magic foul, Lakers miss freethrows, Magic make a quick 3, Magic steal the Ball make another quick 3...second OT...put the game completely out of reach.  The foul was excessive the way he threw his fists and forearms into his back.

Since: Nov 29, 2008
Posted on: June 12, 2009 1:57 pm

No suspension for Pietrus

I dont know which over these things is worse. Van Dummy coaching or Gasol Dunking the ball with 3.2 seconds left very classy of him!!!
And Pietrus should not of fouled him, once  Gasol dunk then tell him he is a Punk for dunking the ball when they allready had the game in hand. I like the lakers but man does the officals have it out for every team besides the lakers them selves. Kobe threw a elbow almost knocks out Nelson and he finds wide open Derek Fisher and he puts the dagger in the Emotional state of Orlando... this game 4 sucked all they way around, Horrid Coaching, Horrid offciating and even worse Sportsmanship.... Wow can't wait till footballs here so i dont have to watch this Crappy Series...

Since: Feb 24, 2007
Posted on: June 12, 2009 1:50 pm

No suspension for Pietrus

If I would have been Pietrus I would've fouled him harder.  I thought his dunk was completely unneccessary at the end of the game.  The sportmasnlike thing to do is to hold the ball and let the clock run out.  When you try to add more points when it is over and the defence has all but quit, you should be punished with a hard foul.  I can remember when the Bull and Knicks were playing and someone for the Bulls went up to dunk as the game was over and Anthony Mason clobbered the guy.  There was a small brawl and Mason was fined if I'm not mistaken, but he did the right thing in my opinion by setting an example for his team.  The only way I have an issue with Pietrus is that he didn't foul him harder.

Since: Feb 14, 2009
Posted on: June 12, 2009 1:45 pm

Are any of you really surprised?

The NBA hasn't been able to get anything right when it comes to flagrant fouls and technicals for the entirety of the playoffs. In the the conference finals, the refs just really stopped calling them, with a couple of exceptions. Now, they have a chance to call a clear cut unnecessary and unsportsmanlike play as a flagrant 2 and they blow it.

Just add it to the list of blown calls by the NBA. Someone said it before me, if you saw the look on Pietrus' face when he did it there is no doubt he meant to inflict harm on Gasol. He runs up behind Gasol, winds up, and punches Gasol in the back with both fists as Gasol is dunking. No chance to even make a case for playing the ball. Unsportsmanlike and unnecessary, both the things needed for a flagrant 2. Great job, NBA.

Since: Dec 13, 2006
Posted on: June 12, 2009 1:43 pm

No suspension for Pietrus

First off, Gasol's "dunk" wasn't really a dunk, it was more of a put-in...  He didn't slam it down in the slightest, he just merely made sure it went in there...  Pietrus's closed fist deliberate shove in the back, as Gasol was in the air, that was just unsportsmanlike to the fullest...  it was an ugly display and should definately have been a fine and suspension...  anybody who can be unbiased to either team should be able to see that clearly...  it was deliberate people, no if's and's or but's... 

Since: Jul 30, 2007
Posted on: June 12, 2009 1:42 pm

No suspension for Pietrus

Gasol should have dunked.  It was instinctive, he was right under the basket, and you take nothing for granted in an overtime game.

Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: June 12, 2009 1:41 pm

No suspension for Pietrus

If Kobe runs into Pietrus''s Kobe's own fault.

If Pietrus runs into Kobe's elbow.....__ _______ ___ ____.

Those who know basketball well can fill in the blanks correctly. Those who think they know basketball will compare the Pietrus FOUL to Pietrus running into Kobe's elbow.

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