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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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Comments

Since: Aug 6, 2007
Posted on: April 23, 2011 2:11 am
 

NBA hits Jeff Foster with 2 flagrant fouls

Boozer should've knocked him the f*** out!!!  That would've been the best thing Boozer has done all series!  Unfortunately, wanna-be thugs like Foster will keep puting D-Rose on the floor simply because he's that much better than everyone else on the floor.  If you can't beat 'em, hurt 'em.  And the refs not punishing this BS is only going to provoke more of the same.



Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: April 23, 2011 1:58 am
 

NBA hits Jeff Foster with 2 flagrant fouls

I didn't see the foul on Luol Deng but this particular foul against Rose is nothing special. 
Exactly.  No swinging elbows, no cutting under an airborne player, nothing dirty.  This was taking a foul to force a guy to earn it at the line.  I couldn't help but notice Rose's little passive-aggressive-someone-please-s

tand-up-for-me, weak response.



Since: Dec 4, 2007
Posted on: April 23, 2011 1:02 am
 

NBA hits Jeff Foster with 2 flagrant fouls

Well Rajon Rondo better be given an upgraded flagrant as well.



Since: Jan 20, 2007
Posted on: April 23, 2011 12:56 am
 

NBA hits Jeff Foster with 2 flagrant fouls

What does you being a Spurs fan have anything to do with your point/question (which were both very valid)? 



Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: April 23, 2011 12:50 am
 

NBA hits Jeff Foster with 2 flagrant fouls

as a spurs fan, that was clearly flagrant (I know the difference between flagrants and flops thanks to manu)...question: why isn't he sitting out the next game? if a player gets two flagrant 1 fouls in a game, they are ejected i believe (please correct me if i'm wrong). so, why is he still allowed to play?




Since: Apr 30, 2007
Posted on: April 23, 2011 12:48 am
 

NBA hits Jeff Foster with 2 flagrant fouls

I would say flagrant, but this sort of thing happens all the time throughout the course of a game.  It's just not as obvious as that.  But a foul is a foul, and whether it was intentional or not, an elbow to the face can cause very serious injury.  Such as a broken orbital, which I have incurred while playing basketball.  It's been 13 years and I still can't look up with my left eye.  So just speaking from experience, Foster should be punished.  It didn't even appear that he was making a play on the ball.



Since: Feb 7, 2010
Posted on: April 23, 2011 12:42 am
 

NBA hits Jeff Foster with 2 flagrant fouls

I didn't see the foul on Luol Deng but this particular foul against Rose is nothing special.  I am not sure why the NBA is making a big deal about it.  Much worse get's ignored in each and every game...I am not a Pacers fan either so no bias.  Has David Stern forgotten how Karl Malone made his living already?!




Since: Nov 2, 2006
Posted on: April 23, 2011 12:41 am
 

NBA hits Jeff Foster with 2 flagrant fouls

It's ridiculous to use the word "nailed" or call this foul "clearly intentional".  Rose found his progress impeded and because the league must think so highly of him that he can dribble around anyone, it ends up being a flagrant foul.  And that doesn't compare to the stupidity of going back to review these fouls and retroactively calling them flagrants.  Trust your officiating crews and let them make the calls as they happen in the game.  Reply shouldn't be used to go back and tell a guy his foul was too hard.  Rose may be great, but it's way too soon for him to be getting superstar calls.



Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: April 23, 2011 12:39 am
 

NBA hits Jeff Foster with 2 flagrant fouls

Wow - definitely not a flagrant.



Since: Oct 5, 2008
Posted on: April 23, 2011 12:23 am
 

NBA hits Jeff Foster with 2 flagrant



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