Earlier today, we discussed the rough play between the Los Angeles Clippers and Portland Trail Blazers in the Rose Garden on Sunday night. After reviewing the tape, the NBA has issued suspensions to two players: Los Angeles Clippers center Brian Cook, who was assessed a flagrant foul 2 for a hit on Blazers center Joel Przybilla, and Portland Trail Blazers point guard Andre Miller, who rammed into Clippers forward Blake Griffin. Here's the release from the league.
NEW YORK, December 6, 2010 - Brian Cook of the Los Angeles Clippers has been suspended two games without pay for his Flagrant Foul, Penalty Two against Joel Przybilla of the Portland Trail Blazers, and Andre Miller of the Trail Blazers has been suspended one game without pay for making excessive and unnecessary contact with Blake Griffin of the Clippers, it was announced today by Stu Jackson, NBA Executive Vice President Basketball Operations. Upon postgame video review by the league office, Miller was assessed a Flagrant Foul, Penalty Two for his actions.
The incident involving Cook occurred with 4.5 seconds remaining in the third quarter of Portland's 100-91 win over the Clippers on Sunday, December 5 at Rose Garden. The incident involving Miller occurred with 7:06 remaining in the fourth quarter of the same game. Cook will begin serving his suspension tonight when the Clippers host the Sacramento Kings at Staples Center. Miller will serve his suspension tomorrow when the Trail Blazers host the Phoenix Suns at Rose Garden.The suspension will end Miller's consecutive games played streak, which had been the longest in the league, at 632 games. Incredibly, Miller had not missed a game since the 2002-2003 season. San Antonio Spurs forward Bruce Bowen found himself in a similar situation back in 2008 . With Miller's streak concluding, Los Angeles Lakers point guard Derek Fisher will take over the title of longest consecutive games played streak, with 433 straight games. It's also tough news for the Blazers, as they face the Phoenix Suns and premier point guard Steve Nash Tuesday night, when Miller is set to serve his suspension. Second-year point guard Patty Mills is next up on the depth chart and is likely to get the start. In case you missed it, here's the video of Cook's foul on Przybilla. It's surprising that Cook received a two-game suspension, because Washington Wizards forward Hilton Armstrong received a one-game suspension just last week for a very similar play. Here's video of Andre Miller bowling over Blake Griffin, courtesy of Brandon Mitchell . Amazingly, Miller was not whistled for a foul on this play.