Mar 12, 2013, 1:31 AM EST
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.
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