Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Hansbrough and Miami big man Udonis Haslem both deserve a fine for their flagrant fouls but I wouldn't suspend either of them for Game 6, which is sure to be very rough too after Larry Bird called the Pacers "soft" in a postgame interview.
(UPDATE: Hansbrough was not suspended for his foul; Haslem was. Haslem's was clearly retaliatory, but I thought in impact no worse than Hansbrough's. That's why I wouldn't have suspended either one. See what you think by viewing videos below. As for commenters who note that Hansbrough was at least going for the ball on the play, I'd agree that he was, but it also appeared to me that his hand raked across Wade's face longer than necessary. And you could make the argument Henderson was "going for the ball" too -- albeit recklessly. In any case, it is true that Henderson was ejected and Hansbrough, although assessed a flagrant foul, has been cleared to play Game 6.)
Posted by Scott Fowler at 11:43 AM