Mar 12, 2013, 1:31 AM EDT
But Joey Crawford and the referee corp saw the replay above and decided the foul was “unnecessary and excessive” — the threshold that has to be met for the Flagrant II and automatic ejection. As Mike Breen notes on the video, the referees are looking for a combination of wind up, contact and follow through to assess that stiffer penalty. They saw it. Personally, I saw a Flagrant I foul.
I’d say Smith might get a way with fine on this, but predicting the league office lately is next to impossible
This ejection pretty much fit in with the Knicks night as they lost 92-63 to the Warriors.
- Sunday NBA grades: Nene, Aldridge lead day where big men shine 0
- LaMarcus Aldridge’s Trail Blazers claw back for Game 1 win over Houston Rockets 3
- Bulls have no answer for Nene as Wizards take Game 1 12
- Charlotte is scrappy but Heat have too much in comfortable 99-88 win 18
- Spurs use huge 4th quarter run to come back and win Game 1 vs. Mavericks 8