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League to review tape of Heat, Mavs altercation

Jun 13, 2011, 9:42 AM EDT

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The good news is nobody is getting suspended from Game 7.

But the league is going to review the tape from an altercation that started between DeShawn Stevenson and Udonis Haslem in the second quarter. If someone did leave the bench to enter the fray they could face a fine and be suspended at the start of next season (whenever that is).

Here is the statement from the league, courtesy the Associated Press.

“A player will not automatically be suspended for leaving the bench if he has already left the bench because a timeout was called,” league spokesman Tim Frank says in a statement. “However, we need to review the circumstances of this particular incident, which we will do, after the game.”

The incident happened in the second quarter. The Heat had hit a shot as part of a little run and so a timeout was called. Stevenson thought Haslem was in his way as the two went to the bench, they bumped into each other then started facing up and jawing. Pretty soon there was a crowd. Mario Chalmers rushed in as the third person and seemed to escalate things, but he had been in the game.

Anytime a player levees a bench to enter a fight there is an automatic suspension. However, guys were already coning out to the floor so it creates a muddy area.

It wasn’t really that big a deal, nothing anyone should be suspended for really. But you know how the league loves to watch tape on these things.

  1. baboushka - Jun 13, 2011 at 12:41 PM

    For God’s sake, Stern. Leave those guys alone. Dallas fined them the best way possible by winning the championship. Let those guys go home and lick their wounds. Adding fines and suspensions for essentially nothing is just out of bounds right now. Let this season end on a high note!

  2. zblott - Jun 13, 2011 at 12:55 PM

    Agree with baboushka – no use fining or suspending anyone now. The bench players were allowed to be on the floor because it was a timeout, but I believe once the altercation happened, anyone who then joins that crowd can be suspended, at least that’s what the announcers said. Once I saw LeBron running into the mix, albeit to pull guys out, I knew nothing was going to happen as far as suspensions. Just leave it alone and let everyone remember the series for the basketball played.

  3. frobaggins - Jun 13, 2011 at 2:05 PM

    just want to throw in that no one is talking about why udonis was even walking that direction after a time out. just watch the tape, haslem was looking to get in the way of them walking, he knew exactly where the mavs players were. he could have just walked the other way to the bench. the whole thing was barely even a skirmmish and no big deal at all i didn’t think. but if haslem walks toward his bench from where he was on the court. it probably doesn’t happen

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