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Heat’s Haslem suspended 1 game, Pittman 3 games for flagrant fouls

May 23, 2012, 6:37 PM EDT

Udonis Haslem has been suspended one game and Dexter Pittman suspended for three games by the league for fouls in the Heat’s Game 5 win. Haslem will sit out the key Game 6 in Indiana Thursday.

Pittman deserved it for the vicious hit above on Indiana’s Lance Stephenson late in Game 5. His suspension was broken by Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski  (he said it on NBC’s Sports and tweeted out). I bet Pacers president Larry Bird feels that is light. Metta World Peace is shaking his head. It seems soft to me.

It also doesn’t matter, Pittman is not part of the Heat rotations.

Haslem being out does matter — he has played a key role in the Heat wins the last couple games, making plays and picking up some of the scoring lost when Chris Bosh went down. While the Heat have won the last couple games going away it will be easier for the Pacers to defend the Heat without the threat of Haslem on the floor.

Haslem’s foul was upgraded to a flagrant 2 as it likely was seen by the league as retaliation for Tyler Hansbrough‘s hard foul earlier in the game on Dwyane Wade. Haslem has a little bit of a windup on the play then walks away after the contact like he meant to send the message. That likely did not help his case, but this is a borderline call because he does play the ball.

  1. nyg88 - May 23, 2012 at 6:41 PM

    this is a bigger joke than LeBron in the fourth quarter

    • thebigkahuna23 - May 23, 2012 at 7:11 PM

      Wait ’till you see cheeseburger eddie curry trying to drag himself up and down the court.

      I would also like to say I called this. And to the heat fans who will be whining about this, shut up. There is a difference between a hard foul and accidentally getting a guy and a blatant retaliation. Pittman should be done for the playoffs. That scrub gets on the court solely to try to hurt someone and then has the gumption to wink at d wade and wade winks back, what a pair of bums. Good job Stern.

      • canehouse - May 23, 2012 at 8:34 PM

        What he did has no place in the NBA or basketball at any level for that matter… but if he had to do it to one guy… glad it was Stephenson… what a gigantic dirt bag thug he is… pittman was just an over zealous player that made a terrible choice… not as bad as the one Stephenson made a few years ago… absolutely bottom of the septic tank this guy is…

        read for your self.

    • cosanostra71 - May 23, 2012 at 8:56 PM

      IMO it’s the league trying to make up for not suspending Wade earlier this series. While Haslem’s foul was hard, is it suspendable? Maybe maybe not. I’m not complaining though.

      • progeny7 - May 23, 2012 at 9:05 PM

        If the refs actually went by the rules, Wade, Haslim, and Pittman would be sitting out but then again, since when did the rules really matter? Referees messed up and tarnished the entire playoffs, so maybe we can find a way in the future to hold them more accountable for what happens on the court, or we can let Doneghay out of prison to resume officiating. The league is looking more raggedy by the day. Way to teach my kids sportsmanship guys!

  2. buffalowned - May 23, 2012 at 6:45 PM

    Haslem has been suspended for game 6

    • p1nch3dloaf - May 23, 2012 at 8:32 PM

      He should’ve been thrown out of the game.

      If they upgrade it, they should also have Miami forfeit that game
      because without Haslem in that game, it’s back to Indiana with the Pacers up 3-2.

      • canehouse - May 23, 2012 at 8:36 PM

        are you really that desperate? What a complete slack jawed rube you must be.

      • southbeachtalent - May 23, 2012 at 8:39 PM

        The Heat should be disqualified!!!!!!! Permanently!!!!!!

        Dream on scrub, your gonna have to earn it.

      • p1nch3dloaf - May 23, 2012 at 8:43 PM

        It shows how desperate $tern and the league is to have a Heat Finals…who wants to see small market Pacers anyway?

  3. Justin - May 23, 2012 at 6:45 PM

    UPDATE: Udonis Haslem out for game 6

  4. dysraw1 - May 23, 2012 at 6:48 PM

    good there is no room in sports for this kind of behavoir

    • progress2011 - May 24, 2012 at 12:41 AM

      dysraw….Except hockey, where the refs clear the immediate area to allow the toothless thugs, to punch the few teeth the combatants have out.

      No one but eskimo’s watch hockey anyway… The entire sport is a small market…..So, maybe it’s not a sport afterall is your logic.

      Total double standard.

      • comeonnowguys - May 24, 2012 at 9:20 AM

        Translation: I have no idea what I’m talking about, I just spout out generalizations and stereotypes.

      • dysraw1 - May 24, 2012 at 12:23 PM


      • dysraw1 - May 24, 2012 at 12:25 PM

        even in hockey they have things that you just dont do

  5. ezmagic - May 23, 2012 at 6:55 PM

    Only 3 games?!? If he wasn’t a heat player he would of got 6-7 games. The nba and its suspensions are a joke. He could of seriously injured the kid or even worse killed him with that elbow and only gets 3 games??!? NBA officials = JOKE

    • passerby23 - May 23, 2012 at 11:51 PM

      Totally agree. Pittman’s foul was violent, malicious, intentional, and premeditated. All the ingredients for a large multi-game suspension. You can even see him smirking after the play. He clearly headhunted Stephenson down to deliver that shot. He should get 10 games. Haslem’s one game I agree with. But, the league is so inconsistent with these penalties.

  6. trybe29dr - May 23, 2012 at 7:11 PM

    We’d like to thank ezmagic for showing us all what a complete overreaction looks like…

    • southbeachtalent - May 23, 2012 at 8:37 PM

      Lebron should have been suspended too!!!!

      Wait, what?

  7. blacc24 - May 23, 2012 at 7:13 PM

    The league should have suspended Pittman for the rest of the season. It’s the NBA not WWE.

  8. jjordannba - May 23, 2012 at 7:23 PM

    Does it Really matter how many games they suspend Pittman for? It’s normal for him not to play it’s just another day to him

  9. dal24la - May 23, 2012 at 7:24 PM

    “Metta World Peace is shaking his head. It seems soft to me.”
    As Larry Bird would say: This is soft. S-O-F-T. Like everyone likes to say about Artest (justifiably), If Pittman does this on street it’d be assault.

    “It also doesn’t matter, Pittman is not part of the Heat rotations.”
    So true, the reason I can’t care more about under suspending him with 3 games.

  10. zacksdad - May 23, 2012 at 7:26 PM

    Wow, MWP got 6 games for throwing an elbow backwards happening to hit the shoulder of Harden and then ride into his head. Pittman intentionally drives elbow into a guys neck and only gets 3 games.

    Haslem fouls not going for the ball and maybe even hits the guys head, so it maybe should be more and gets one game. But league favorite Wade fouls not going for the ball and pushes the guy down hard and gets nothing.

    Looks like Miami paid Stern off to win the Championship this year. Last year it was Dallas that paid Stern the most money.

    • bils293 - May 23, 2012 at 7:46 PM

      “happening to hit James harden”? As if it was accidental? Lol that’s hilarious. Ron artest is the biggest thug in the nba. An absolute joke to the league. He got 7 games because of his history in the league.

      • progeny7 - May 23, 2012 at 9:08 PM

        I think Haslim and Pittman make Miama the biggest thug team now. Cheap shot artist on the whole team who have to resort to this violence to excel. What a bunch of champs!!.

      • zacksdad - May 24, 2012 at 11:55 AM

        I did not word this perfectly. What I meant to say that yes MWP intentionally threw his elbow into Harden. But he was driving it downwards and then it happened to hit shoulder to change the direction to hit his head. So my opinion MWP did try to elbow someone, but did not try to hit his head.

        But Pittman was facing the guy and intentionally drove his elbow into the guys neck. So my point is that Pittman’s intention to harm was greater than MWP.

        I never complained about the length of the suspension from MWP, just the length of Pittman’s. I just believe the intent from Pittman was worse than MWP.

    • canehouse - May 23, 2012 at 8:39 PM

      i feel terrible for zack that he will have to learn from a dad that is as dense as you are.

    • southbeachtalent - May 23, 2012 at 8:44 PM

      “Looks like Miami paid Stern off to win the Championship this year”

      Can I take that to the bank? Or can I book it? Heard it here first.

  11. 1972wasalongtimeago - May 23, 2012 at 7:38 PM

    On behalf of all Heat fans, I say GOOD. Pacers are weak. Bring it on!

    Down to our 3rd string power forward, on the road, Wade had his knee drained last week. Mike Miller can’t move. Still going to beat their asses.

    Wouldn’t want it any other way.

    UD did what he had to do. Wade, LBJ, and Bosh all took less money solely because Wade told them they NEEDED Udonis Haslem. And UD didn’t forget. Pacers had been chippy and cheap all series. He took a vicious elbow in Game 4. His boy was laying on the floor bloodied in Game 5. He had enough. And he took care of it. Larry Bird/Kevin McHale – Style.

    • edweird0 - May 24, 2012 at 12:45 AM

      Couldnt have said it better mysel. You gotta do whatcha gotta do & Haslem did it. Lord knows this team needs a true enforcer. Thankfully Haslem is doing his part.

    • progress2011 - May 24, 2012 at 12:50 AM

      1972….EXCELLENT explanation.

      Hansbrough was put in the game to rough-up anyone going to the basket. I mean, he has no other real reason to be in the game.

      Hansbrough wasn’t making a play on the ball. He was sending Wade a message. So, he got a response on the other end.

      That logic makes total sense to me.

      • florida727 - May 24, 2012 at 7:39 AM

        “Hansbrough wasn’t making a play on the ball.”

        It’s okay to support your team, but at least don’t be delusional. Hansbrough at least hit the ball before his follow-through hit Wade. Still too rough? Maybe. You can even say probably, and I’d give you that. But Haslem’s and Pittman’s actions were blatant acts of being nothing more than punk thugs.

        “That logic makes total sense to me.” Really? Did you even watch the game? Like I said, nothing wrong with supporting your team (I’m a Bulls fan, so I have no dog in this fight), but come on, be a realist at least.

      • comeonnowguys - May 24, 2012 at 10:21 AM

        It’s not entirely delusional to say Hansbrough was brought in to rough people up.

        The NBA’s Stanley Spadowski is constantly walking that line between “scrappy” and dirty. Which is why, when he gets fouled like that, I have a hard time mustering up any outrage against Haslem.

    • 1972wasalongtimeago - May 25, 2012 at 7:05 PM

      Guess I was right

  12. term3186 - May 23, 2012 at 7:45 PM

    Suspensions are right on the money. Haslem deserved a game, and based on the MWP suspension, 3 games is fine for Pittman. His foul is about as bad as MWP’s and he doesn’t have MWP’s history. I’m not sure at what point you think Haslem is playing the ball. The ball is in Hansbrough’s hand, fairly far away from where he got hit. Not to mention you don’t wind up and block with two hands. In no way, shape, or form is Haslem playing the ball. Thats just a silly thing to say.

    • passerby23 - May 23, 2012 at 11:54 PM

      If MWP’s foul was deserving of 7 games and Pittman’s was AS BAD as you say, then why doesn’t he get the same amount of games!?!?

      Unlike MWP, Pittman’s shot was totally premeditated and 100% intentional. He took a running start and went directly to the head/neck. On top of that, showed no guilt or remorse. He was even seen smiling about it. And the league gives him 3 games? That’s a 10 gamer.

  13. dannythebisforbeast - May 23, 2012 at 8:29 PM

    Pittman should have gotten at least as much as arrest. Has lam was a flagrant 2 and whatever comes with that which might be 1 game mandatory. Stern might have consulted Shamahan

  14. emaimo80 - May 23, 2012 at 8:30 PM

    Wow what a bunch of crybabies u are! No matter what the penalty was it wouldnt be enough for all u haters!!! Your Orlando Magic is about to become the most dysfunctional organization in the NBA! (as if they are not already) Im gonna laugh my ass off if Shaq becomes the GM! The Heat is on! Let’s go heat!

  15. southbeachtalent - May 23, 2012 at 8:31 PM

    Not shocking. If LeBron and Wade play at the level they have been playing the last couple of games this is a minor hiccup.

    Pittman, oh no!!!!!!!!!

  16. toegoat - May 23, 2012 at 8:36 PM

    U still watch wrestling?

  17. wvfinfan - May 23, 2012 at 8:48 PM

    Haslem clearly went straight up, and Tyler Hansbrough went toward the baseline. Haslem hit Hansbrough in the upper arm near the elbow and came down hard. I believe Haslem came down hard after fouling for a REASON, but to even compare to MWP is ridiculuous. I defended MWP until in slow motion you could see him see harden and then flex and swing elbow. It wasn’t part of the celebration he was doing as I originally thought. As a Lakers fan I was upset.

    If you think Tyler Hansbrough foul on wade didn’t deserve a F2 look at Wade’s face from it after the game! Then watch a replay and watch Hansbrough pull wade face to the floor, and made intetional contact to Wade’s head unlike Haslem. I just think people are overreacting to Halems foul! The commentators clearly were trying to influence the Commish, and as usual they do!

    PITTMAN foul is a MWP peace foul, but they could suspend Pittman four two years and would add up to 30 game minutes so what is the point of more than 3 games.

  18. crab2323 - May 23, 2012 at 9:32 PM

    What about DWade getting knocked across the face, and Haslum getting stiched up last game. If you can stand the Heat lol you know the rest

    • passerby23 - May 23, 2012 at 11:56 PM

      Both were accidental basketball plays. HUGE difference. Pittman and Haslem were thug moves.

  19. isujames - May 23, 2012 at 10:02 PM

    Thats not haslem in the pic I believe thats j Jones.

  20. avermaver - May 23, 2012 at 11:49 PM

    Pittman should be in jail for a few days for what he did. His suspension is meaningless as his salary is received in the regular season, missing postseason games is nickel dime stuff to these guys financially. And Haslem was NOT going for the ball, that was a mugging although not as bad as Pittman. I would be ashamed to be a Heat fan right now

  21. florida727 - May 24, 2012 at 7:30 AM

    These suspensions are a joke.

    Pittman is a nobody in the Heat rotation. Next year he’ll be saying “paper or plastic?”… a lot.

    Haslem should be gone for the playoffs. “…but this is a borderline call because he does play the ball” Really, Kurt? What replay are YOU watching? He makes a two-handed chop at Hansbrough that is nowhere near the ball.

    “pinch3” was right. The league NEEDS to have Miami in the Finals. (Can you imagine the TV ratings if the Finals were Spurs v. Pacers?) I covered the Bulls during the Jordan era for a sports radio station in Chicago. I can tell you for a FACT that wherever Steve Javie refereed a game in the playoffs, the Bulls never lost. Literally. NEVER lost. Not once. If you don’t think the league, somewhat, controls games, you’re delusional. Can the Pacers still win? Sure. But they’d have to play two PERFECT games to do it. They’re playing 5-on-6 the rest of the way.

    • southbeachtalent - May 24, 2012 at 9:55 AM

      If it makes you feel better to believe that garbage than so be it.

      So what happened to the Lakers? Knicks? Clippers?

      Yet somehow the Spurs and the Thunder ended up in the WCF, and one will obviously play in the Finals. Two very small market teams.

      The facts are that so far the Heat have needed stitches and have been “attacked” twice buy those wannabe tough guys. Haslem, specifically has gotten beat up in this series. And somehow he gets suspended for literally fighting back. This shows if your throw the first punch your ok, it’s the retaliation that gets you.

      Good part about this whole debacle is that the refs will be calling this very tight, which favors the Heat.

      • dexterismyhero - May 24, 2012 at 10:18 AM

        What about DW shoving Collison in the back? If it makes You feel better to believe your own garbage, then so be it.

  22. somekat - May 24, 2012 at 1:33 PM

    Let me start this by saying, watching this video was the first I’ve seen the play.

    I just wanted to laugh at Kurt’s (I’m assuming it’s Kurt, I didn’t check, but he’s blowing the heat, so….) comment that haslem played the ball, so his suspension is “borderline”

    What is considered playing the ball? Not just flat out punching him in the face? Or is there a higher standard?

    He came up well short of the ball (I’d say about 18 inches short, and about a foot too far away from the baseline, took both hands and tried to hit him in the face, and just missed. Lets give him the benefit of the doubt, and say he wasn’t aiming for his face. So he was aiming for his neck? He certainly was not going for the ball. If you watch that play, and think he’s going for the ball, i have 2 bridges for sale I think you would be interested in

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