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NBA hits Jeff Foster with 2 flagrant fouls

Posted on: April 22, 2011 6:21 pm
Edited on: April 22, 2011 6:53 pm
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The NBA investigating hard fouls by Indiana Pacers forward Jeff Foster and upgraded them to flagrants. Posted by Matt Moore and Ben Golliver

Update: The NBA has retroactively assessed Indiana Pacers forward Jeff Foster with two flagrant 1 fouls according to ESPN.com.
The NBA upgraded two hits Indiana Pacers center Jeff Foster leveled against the Chicago Bulls during Game 3 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinals series on Thursday, making them both flagrant 1 fouls.
Flagrant 1 fouls are less serious than Flagrant 2 fouls and the ruling will not require Foster to sit out Game 4.

Original Post: Jeff Foster nailed Derrick Rose with an elbow in Game 3 between the Pacers and Bulls Thursday night, and ESPN reports the league is investigating the collision to see if further punishment is necessary. 
The NBA is reviewing two hits Indiana Pacers center Jeff Foster leveled against the Chicago Bulls during Game 3 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinals series on Thursday, according to a league spokesman. "Whatever they want to do," Foster said with a shrug as he walked to the locker room Friday afternoon. He was unaware of the league review.
via 2011 NBA Playoffs: NBA reviewing hits by Indiana Pacers center Jeff Foster - ESPN Chicago.

The foul was clearly intentional. Wouldn't you intentionally foul Rose at some point if he was continuously slicing past your defense with no regard for anything? But the problem with the foul was the contact of Foster's elbow into Rose's face. And that wasn't clearly intentional. It's apparent Foster was aiming to make contact with his elbow to Rose, but it's not certain that Foster was trying to hit Rose in the face. 


 

So Foster probably will recieve some sort of punishment, based on how little of a play on the ball he made, and even had he missed the head, he would have clotheslined Rose. The biggest reason he'll get tagged, though? It's a superstar in a major market. Not all hard playoff fouls are created equal and the call to protect the presumptive MVP will be considerably greater than it will be for other players. 

The league is also taking a look at a foul from Foster on Luol Deng in the same quarter. Popular guy, Jeff. 

One thing you can count on? There will be other, harder fouls than this in the playoffs that won't receive as much fan or league attention. 
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UnbiasedJoe
Since: Apr 16, 2011
Posted on: April 23, 2011 8:18 pm
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UnbiasedJoe
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Since: Jun 21, 2009
Posted on: April 23, 2011 1:23 pm
 

NBA hits Jeff Foster with 2 flagrant fouls

Ok, I watched this again, thinking surely the people ripping on Foster can't simply be crybabies, there must be some basis for it. Nope. Rose runs into Foster's upper body; if he was hit by anyone's elbows or arms it was Hansbrough's. I guess it's true what they say, all white guys look alike. C'mon, Kobe Bryant gives harder fouls than this.

There seems to be an assumption here that you can play defense while raising your arms but not your elbows. Not sure how this is anatomically possible, but it's Stern's World; we just live in it. He's giving out flagrant fouls after the game, and admittingbasket interference after the game is over (Thunder-Nuggets); clearly this is about cleaning up the game though public relations.

Those of you complaining about the foul on Rose  will be glad to know that the NBA playoffs will be over in a couple months and you can watch some nice gentle sports like golf and bowling, which will suit you better. Though it does seem like those golfers hit the ball pretty hard; seems like that should be against the rules...



Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: April 23, 2011 12:37 pm
 

NBA hits Jeff Foster with 2 flagrant fouls

if you were a cub's fan, you would be a superstar by now, lol. go CUBS.


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Posted on: April 23, 2011 12:10 pm
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Since: Jan 8, 2011
Posted on: April 23, 2011 10:15 am
 

NBA hits Jeff Foster with 2 flagrant fouls

The NBA gives out flagrant fouls for crappy defense now?



Since: Feb 5, 2009
Posted on: April 23, 2011 9:51 am
 

NBA hits Jeff Foster with 2 flagrant fouls

Jeff Foster serves no purpose in the NBA other than to be an enforcer with an extra 6 fouls to give.  He's not a good rebounder, shot blocker or scorer.  He's there solely to pummel opponents, which is apparently how Larry Bird likes it.  Fine.  But anyone watching the series knows that Foster has shown a pattern of escalating fouls directed at the Bulls, and primarily D. Rose.  While I'm not suggesting no contact is the rule I think the league is letting Foster and the Pacers know they are watching and assessing these flagrants allows the league to take further action should things get out of control the rest of the series.  I certainly real the "Jordan Rules" employed back in the day by the Pistons and think that's what the Pacers feel they need to do to stop Rose.  I just wish they would resort to talent and good defense rather than thuggery.  But that's a lot to wish for.  



Since: Apr 2, 2011
Posted on: April 23, 2011 8:36 am
 

NBA hits Jeff Foster with 2 flagrant fouls

It was Hansbrough's elbow, not Foster's.




Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: April 23, 2011 5:06 am
 

NBA hits Jeff Foster with 2 flagrant fouls

Wow - you are an absolute troll-putz.  This is the NBa, not the MMa. Troll, er uh, SAY what you want about Rose and the Bulls and furture matchups, but realize that elbows to the head are indeed flagrant and you should not be LAUDING hard fouls. If you were any kind of a man/good sport you wouldn't be sitting there relishing the idea of people getting hurt during a GAME.  Grow up, kiddo.
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