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Ron Artest will get suspended for clothesline on Barea

May 5, 2011, 12:54 PM EDT

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I have not gone back and officially checked the NBA rulebook today, but I’m fairly convinced that clotheslining an opponent is illegal. Right up there with throwing an elbow while jumping off the top turnbuckle and hitting him over the head with a metal  folding chair. All fine moves when the WWE referee is distracted, but illegal in basketball.

That is why Ron Artest will get a one-game suspension in Game 3. In the closing moments of the Lakers Game 2 loss to the Mavericks, Artest clotheslined J.J. Barea. He was instantly ejected, as he should have been. Follow this link to the video, if you haven’t seen it.

After the game, even Lakers coach Phil Jackson was resigned to the inevitable.

“It’s uncalled for,” he said in a moment of honesty. “It’s a good chance he’ll be suspended. But I hope not.”

This creates a problem for a Lakers team that has a lot of problems right now (including trust issues, apparently). No Artest means likely Matt Barnes gets the start. But that allows Mavs coach Rick Carlisle to cover Kobe Bryant (who will want to take over Game 3) with the longer and more effective Shawn Marion because Jason Kidd can be put on Barnes. Artest could post up Kidd, making that a dangerous matchup for Dallas. (Kidd also has done a good job on Kobe.)

  1. fouldwimmerlaik - May 5, 2011 at 1:02 PM

    It is OK. He needs the rest for the finals.

    • digitalpoo - May 5, 2011 at 1:13 PM

      Gotta love how resiliently blind Lakers fans are to the fact that this is the end of the road for them.

  2. medtxpack - May 5, 2011 at 1:45 PM

    Lakers are in self destruct mode…
    Mavs have a fantastic chance to return to the finals and finish off whoever straight up…

  3. delius1967 - May 5, 2011 at 3:23 PM

    I used to dislike the Lakers because of the titantic egos of Shaq and Kobe. Shaq’s long gone, and Kobe — whatever you might say about him personally — appears to have mostly bought into the team concept. But Artest? He makes it easy to go on rooting against them.

    Artest is a thug. Always has been, always will be.

    • kast2l - May 5, 2011 at 4:01 PM

      I guess you didn’t see the article when he was being praised for winning NBA citizenship award eh?

  4. liltmac2003 - May 5, 2011 at 3:24 PM

    Here’s the video for anyone who didn’t see it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TuEFxWVUkTQ

    I agree that he should get suspended. What he did was simply unacceptable.

    I’m more surprised though that Shawn Marion was right behind Barea, looked at Artest, and than just walked away as if literally nothing happened.

    • hnirobert3 - May 5, 2011 at 3:25 PM

      LeBron James syndrome. He doesn’t have his teammates’ back.

    • rbrown4495 - May 5, 2011 at 3:48 PM

      I think it was a flagrant foul only and should not have been suspended. Artest only rapped his arm around the head, he didmt swing or do anything harmful to him

      • digitalpoo - May 5, 2011 at 8:26 PM

        Are you really as stupid as you sound?

    • erocknrolla - May 5, 2011 at 7:57 PM

      Remember Amare leavin the bench? Marion learned not to retaliate in the playoffs.

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