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Goran Dragic out Friday thanks to flagrant foul from J.R. Smith

Dec 28, 2012, 3:41 PM EDT

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Goran Dragic will miss the Suns game on Friday in Indianapolis against the Pacers, and is questionable for the team’s next one in Minnesota, thanks to a nasty fall he took late in the first half of Wednesday night’s loss to the Knicks.

Dragic suffered multiple injuries on the play, including to his elbow, wrist, and tailbone. But the hip bruise is still problematic, and is what is still keeping him sidelined, reports Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic.

The fall occurred thanks to an irresponsible foul from J.R. Smith — one that was ruled a flagrant at the time, but didn’t come with it an ejection or any further punishment from the league a day later in the form of a fine or suspension.

As Dragic streaked down the court for a fast break without a defender in front of him, Smith caught him from behind while Dragic was in mid-air, causing him to twist awkwardly before crashing hard to the floor.

Dragic didn’t return to the game, but Smith was allowed to play on, and buried the Suns with a game-winner at the buzzer.

It’s unclear what the referees saw, or what the league didn’t see while determining that there should be no additional consequences for Smith’s action. There was clearly no legitimate basketball play to be made from his angle, and the fact that Dragic was injured as a direct result of Smith’s decision to hit him from behind should have warranted more than a simple flagrant foul at the time.

  1. captainwisdom8888 - Dec 28, 2012 at 3:50 PM

    JR is inexplicably talented at doing whatever it takes to ensure that you hate his guts.

    If you don’t hate JR, than you’re punk in my book.

  2. 1972wasalongtimeago - Dec 28, 2012 at 4:07 PM

    Good thing JR didn’t tap him in the nuts. Now THAT would be a dirty play worthy of suspension.

  3. emosnar - Dec 28, 2012 at 6:56 PM

    Man the media really hates JR Smith. Players get injured from other players all the time. You don’t see every article saying “thanks to such and such for the injury” STFU and deal with it. I love the game winning shot. JR is a big time player not afraid to take the big shot. Keep doing your thang JR. The haters can kick rocks. Swag on 1000. Oh yeah get well Goran. Just part of the game.

    • dafranchise03 - Dec 28, 2012 at 11:12 PM

      This isnt your typical hard foul. You dont undercut a player when they are in the air. Its one of those things that players know they should never do. I understand the league not doing anything cause they make horrible decisions all the time. For example, a hit in the nuts is not worse than this.

      The problem I have with this is that no one on the Suns did anything about it. Why would you let him get away with taking out your starting pg like that?

      • captainwisdom8888 - Dec 29, 2012 at 12:00 AM

        i agree with franchise. it wasnt a normal foul by any standards. If a guy commits a dirty foul and knocks someone outta the game, my response isnt SWAG ON JR 5000 GREAT JOB. it is simply, wow… that was unnecessary and he should probably pay for it. whether it be payback from a teammate or league fine

        guarantee emosnar didnt even watch the play, yet if he did he probably wouldnt know what he saw anyway

  4. kavika6 - Dec 29, 2012 at 2:28 AM

    I would have thought that a basket-case like smith who has had problems in the past wouldn’t be treated like a darling and get away with that dirty play. But I also would have never guessed that someone with a sparkling past like Tim Duncan would be ejected for giggling on the bench. And I’m sure we all remember czar stern punishing the Spurs for a rule he made up the same day. I really don’t understand what the refs and NBA management are thinking sometimes. I usually ignore conspiracy theories but it’s getting harder to ignore how some players and teams seem to get away with a lot more than others.

  5. jimeejohnson - Dec 29, 2012 at 9:23 PM

    J.R.’s sister gonna beat on some Chinese hoop fans IN CHINA for messing with him, and she got away with it. Conspiracy theories, indeed!

    • jimeejohnson - Dec 29, 2012 at 9:25 PM

      Delete “gonna”; she already beat on those Chinese, ok? All grammar police take it easy.

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