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Tyler Hansbrough throws Jonas Valanciunas to the ground (VIDEO)

Feb 8, 2013, 10:40 PM EDT

Midway through the fourth quarter of Friday’s game between the Pacers and the Raptors, Tyler Hansbrough got a little more physical than the rules should allow while battling for position under the basket with Jonas Valanciunas.

Hansbrough literally throws Valanciunas to the ground near the end of the play, but the officials on the floor didn’t deem there to be enough contact to whistle him for even a personal foul, much less a flagrant for his actions.

There likely wont be any punishment handed down to Hansbrough from the league for the dirty play in the form of a fine or suspension, but at least the Raptors bested the Pacers on their home floor thanks to a game-winner by Rudy Gay that went down near the end of the overtime session.

[via EOB]

  1. vilelabyrinth - Feb 8, 2013 at 10:48 PM

    he is such a punk.

    • kinggw - Feb 8, 2013 at 10:58 PM

      The Pacers are comprised of punks. Psycho T, Stephenson, and Granger are all fake tough guys. West also has his moments, but he’s not as bad as the rest.

      • lucifershuttlesworth - Feb 9, 2013 at 4:30 AM

        He used to remind me of Bill Laimbeer without the scoring, now he reminds me of Reggie Evans without the rebounding. This guy is a liability to the league and the players that people actually pay to see.

      • bparmalee - Feb 9, 2013 at 12:38 PM

        People are giving Hansbrough way too much respect….. Laimbeer……… hell even Reggie Evans… he isn’t even close to being as good as those guys. I am a huge Pacers fan but Tyler Hansbrough would be completely worthless if not for the wild amount of foul calls he still gets from the refs. Hansbrough for years has chased around the wrong guy on the defense…. often leaving his guy wide open under the rim for a rebound or basket. Took insane jump shots… he would follow the pg around like it’s a pick up game clapping his hands calling for the ball. That being said the Pacers are physical but not punks……. the Heat series took the turn it did when Wade pushed Collison from behind in Game 2 of that series….. watch the video….. then Granger (not really known for being a tough guy) and the other Pacers got lured into playing a game they weren’t accustomed to.

  2. miamatt - Feb 8, 2013 at 11:06 PM

    This is who Hansbrough is. Even as an opposing fan, though, I can’t say I hate or blame him. Tyler is a reckless, physical player who likes to push things to the edge, and frankly, being chippy and an agitator works for his game. Not only that, he is very crafty about how and when he takes his shot at his target, rarely hurting his team, as was the case this evening.

    Believe me, as Heat fan I think he got what he deserved when Haslem took him out in last year’s playoffs. But he’s part of the reason Indiana can be such a formidible team for anybody in the east to contend with come the postseason.

    • badintent - Feb 9, 2013 at 1:37 AM

      The dude had a 80’s flash back with the Knicks and Pacer playoffs.He has skills but he is starting to lose his edge, not getting minutes/ Hope he gets 2 games. Jonas just came back this week fron a broken finger and had some big blocks and boards in crutch time tonight.

  3. davidly - Feb 9, 2013 at 7:08 AM

    Yeah, I’m disappointed as a Pacers’ fan for him literally throwing the guy down, but, in all honesty I was more disappointed in West for literally throwing away the game at the end of regulation.

    • bparmalee - Feb 9, 2013 at 12:42 PM

      Just hope we get something for Granger… who should have been moved last year and we finally ship Hansbrough to the Bobcats who will overpay for him. I live in Charlotte and every Pacers game there are more UNC jerseys there than Bobcats jerseys. How have the Pacers not made this trade yet??? Not that we would do much with the draft pick….. Miles Plumcantplay and trading the 15th pick for the right to massively overpay George Hill and play him out of position…. yuck.

  4. jhuck92 - Feb 9, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    How do you not get called for that?

  5. misterchainbluelightning - Feb 9, 2013 at 12:48 PM

    He should be suspended by the league for 2 games. Unless the league is willing to open up the NBA to the NHL model where players will police themselves and handle business right there. Which would be interesting but not the best idea.

  6. kclanton80 - Feb 9, 2013 at 1:49 PM

    This is what happens when players with no talent or ability are allowed to play in the NBA. They have to throw people on the ground because there is no other way they can impact the game. I hope he gets fined and suspend.

  7. rudy5618 - Feb 10, 2013 at 1:10 AM

    Are we all looking at the same video??? I have seen harder fouls while watching girls basketball. This game is meant to be physical. It was a foul but it wasn’t dirty. He pushed the guy hard, so what? It happens. They don’t call it the power forward position for nothing (Kevin Garnet has built a career around being the most physical player in the league). Tyler is a physical player as every coach in the country teaches their players to be. You battle for the ball. The guy only got hurt because obviously he never learned how to fall and land on the ground properly. If you watch the video he braces his fall with his hands which is a good way to get hurt. Complete over reaction from the same people that are trying to call penalties every time someone hits another player in football.

  8. mazblast - Feb 10, 2013 at 12:02 PM

    Nice wrestling move, poor NBA move. Hansbrough has always been a punk, going back to his college days at least. He has to do this stuff because he doesn’t have the ability to compete fairly. He gets away with it because he’s a name white player who went to a name school.

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