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Ron Artest suspended for Game 3 against Dallas

Posted on: May 5, 2011 3:58 pm
Edited on: May 5, 2011 4:07 pm
Los Angeles Lakers forward Ron Artest has been suspended for Game 3 against the Dallas Mavericks. Posted by Ben Golliver.

On Wednesday night, we noted that Los Angeles Lakers forward Ron Artest was ejected after he clotheslined Dallas Mavericks guard J.J. Barea in the closing seconds of Game 2. His punishment won't stop there.

On Thursday, the NBA announced that Artest would be suspended for Game 3 in Dallas, set for Friday night. The NBA ruled that the play was a Flagrant Foul 2.
Ron Artest of the Los Angeles Lakers has been suspended one game without pay for swinging his arm and striking the face of the Dallas Mavericks’ J.J. Barea, it was announced today by Stu Jackson, NBA Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations. Artest’s contact has also been classified by the NBA as a Flagrant Foul Two. 
The incident occurred with 24.4 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter of the Mavericks’ 93-81 victory over the Lakers at Staples Center on May 4. Artest will serve his suspension tomorrow when the Lakers visit the Mavericks at American Airlines Center for Game 3 of the Western Conference Semifinals. 
Artest, L.A.'s starting small forward, is averaging 10.5 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.3 assists in eight playoff games.

In Artest's absence, look for Lakers' sixth man Lamar Odom to see his minutes increase, but reports that reserve small forward Matt Barnes is expected to start in place of Artest because Lakers coach Phil Jackson "does not like going away from his usual big man rotations."

L.A. trails Dallas in the series, 2-0.

Here's the video of his foul on Barea again. 

Since: Apr 19, 2008
Posted on: May 5, 2011 5:42 pm
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Since: Mar 7, 2011
Posted on: May 5, 2011 5:38 pm

Ron Artest suspended for Game 3 against Dallas

Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye

Lakers and Artest.....goodbye!!!!!!

Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: May 5, 2011 5:30 pm


I agree that it was dirty and uncalled for, but that wasn't clotheslining. That was more like a hand/arm on JJ's head followed by some good acting. When is the acting going to stop and the real game going to begin? Huh NBA? BUT, either way Artest should be suspended.

Since: Jul 12, 2010
Posted on: May 5, 2011 4:06 pm

Ron Artest suspended for Game 3 against Dallas

I love my Lakers and I really like Ron Artest, but I have to agree with the suspension. That play was dirty and totally uncalled for. He should be embarrassed for these actions.

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