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Heat’s Chris Andersen, Erik Spoelstra react to Game 6 suspension

Jun 1, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

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Chris Andersen was rightfully suspended one game for his actions that took place during the second quarter of the Heat’s Game 5 win over the Pacers.

In advance of Game 6 on Saturday, both the player and Miami head coach Erik Spoelstra gave their thoughts on the situation.

“We have to accept it and move on, it’s irrelevant whether we agree or disagree,” Spoelstra said, via Brian Windhorst of “I had a discussion with (Andersen) and that’s between he and I.”

Andersen, meanwhile, was fully accountable for the way he acted, but said the suspension wasn’t going to impact the way he plays the game.

“It was their decision, that was their decision and it is what it is,” Andersen said. “I have to deal with the repercussions of it. … It was the heat of the moment, the heat of the battle pushed me out of my comfort zone and got out of my composure. Now I’m dealing with it.

“I can’t regret anything. I’m not going to change who I am or how I play. I just have to keep my composure better.”

That last part is especially true.

Andersen now has three points under the NBA’s flagrant foul system, after his Game 5 antics were upgraded to a flagrant two to go along with the flagrant one he received during the series against the Bulls.

One more flagrant foul from Andersen — whether ruled to be the case during the game, or whether a foul is upgraded by the league office after review days later — will result in an additional one-game suspension.

  1. wethog66 - Jun 1, 2013 at 6:36 PM

    This guy needs to finish things off and get a bird beak tattooed on his nose, and feathers to cover his entire face. Complete the ridiculous!

    • scorp16 - Jun 1, 2013 at 8:08 PM

      He will get “NBA Champion” tattooed on his nose soon………..Does that make you feel better?

      • philtration - Jun 1, 2013 at 9:55 PM

        Having LeBron’s pooper tattooed on his nose would be more appropriate.

    • gmsingh - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:30 AM

      This just in: Birdman reacts to his suspension by punching an asst. coach in the face.

  2. monkeyhateclean - Jun 1, 2013 at 6:58 PM

    Anderson is the NBA’s equivalent of an NHL “goon”. He isn’t on the roster beacause of his game skills, but because he can bait another, superior player into fighting him, and get them both suspended, which ultimately hurts the other team far more than the Heat.

    It didn’t work this time, as the Heat’s goon failed to bait Hansbrough into retaliating, but this strategy will remain in effect. If the NBA ever decided enough was enough I propose a singular rule change that would end the careers of NBA goons permanently:

    The “Full Metal Jacket” rule: when a team’s player(s) draws a flagrant-2, the OPPOSING team decides which player(s) on that team takes the suspension. In this case, Anderson’s antics would have bought the suspension, but James would have paid for it. The Heat can make do without Anderson for one game, but James?

    Think of that Game 5 Heat locker room turning on him for jeopardizing their season with his moronic thuggery. Think of him being available to play in Game 6, knowing he was the reason James was sitting 2 rows behind him wearing a terrible suit.

    This fight-baiting crap would end, FAST.

    • brutl - Jun 1, 2013 at 7:04 PM

      Your logic failed when you started calling Hansborough a superior player.

      • scorp16 - Jun 1, 2013 at 7:37 PM

        “Think of that Game 5 Heat locker room turning on him for jeopardizing their season with his moronic thuggery. Think of him being available to play in Game 6, knowing he was the reason James was sitting 2 rows behind him wearing a terrible suit.”

        Kids………This is why you should never do drugs”

      • monkeyhateclean - Jun 1, 2013 at 7:46 PM

        Your logic failed when you didn’t realized that there are no NBA players on any NBA team inferior to Chris Anderson. Heck, there aren’t a lot of WNBA player worse at basketball than Anderson.

    • scorp16 - Jun 1, 2013 at 8:11 PM

      He is 15 for 15 this series…….The Highest Shooting Percentage for the Playoffs in NBA History………………..
      The Bird is the Word………..

      • monkeyhateclean - Jun 1, 2013 at 8:38 PM

        A broken clock, etc etc.

        How about letting the Heat’s loser fans decide who should get suspended due to Anderson’s thuggery: Anderson or James?

        Its A Trick Question: because the average Miami Heat “fan” can’t name 5 Heat players. There’s the “big 3, that Battier loser from Duke and that’s it.

        That’s how indifferent the city of Miami is to basketball, or any other sport for that matter.

        Honestly, when global warming renders Miami uninhabitable in a couple months, I hope Floridians float on over to Cuba, or Puerto Rico, and have their US citizenship permanently revoked, because they have repeatedly proven to be terrible Americans.

      • monkeyhateclean - Jun 1, 2013 at 9:14 PM

        I usually spend my time here educating minds, but for you, I’ll make an exception.

        By all means, never look up “small sampling size”. Anderson has made 15 out of 15 shots, and is therefore incapable of missing any shot attempt. Ever.

        Furthermore, now is the time to invent heavily into coastal property in Miami, considering global warming is a liberal hoax, and the rising tide levels measured across the world in coastal cities is more liberal claptrap.

        Furthermore, buy gold coins from the company that pays Glenn Beck to tell you to buy gold coins. More importantly, never ask why they pay Glenn Beck to tell your to buy their coins. Ever.

    • shoebert - Jun 1, 2013 at 8:21 PM

      I think a better comparison would be comparison would be Chris Andersen to the NFL’s Cortland Finnegan. Just gotta pull for someone to channel their inner Andre Johnson and put an end to that nonsense.

    • comeonnowguys - Jun 1, 2013 at 11:08 PM

      Tyler Hansbrough is Stanley Spadowski in shorts, master of the two-handed tomahawk flagrant foul.

      What do you think Hansbrough and McRoberts were doing to Chicago a few years ago?

      And you call Anderson a “goon?”

      You’re either a homer, a bad troll, or an idiot.

      Signed, Not a Heat Fan.

      • jrebar88 - Jun 1, 2013 at 11:12 PM

        You’re either a homer, a bad troll, or an idiot.

  3. gmsalpha - Jun 1, 2013 at 8:12 PM

    First, who is Chris Anderson? If you’re talking about the Miami Heat player, it’s Andersen, with an E.

    Whether or not Chris Andersen costs the Heat game 6 is yet to be determined. If Jimmy Haslam gets hot and hits another 8 shots in a row, Ray Allen can hit a few timely threes, Bosh Spice can grab more than 2 boards, Wade can play like he did earlier in the year, and LeBron can take over like it’s 2009, they won’t miss Andersen.

    However, the Heat are old, and if there are a lot of fouls called, simply having one less body to sub in will make a difference. They’ll miss his rebounding and energy too. And it puts more stress on the players who actually have to be on the floor.

    Being a disruption to the Pacers makes him a difference maker. He’s one of the few guys who really gets the crowd into the game, so it won’t matter a whole lot in game 6 in Indianapolis, but if there is a game 7, he will be a fairly big part of Miami’s win.

    • scorp16 - Jun 1, 2013 at 8:22 PM

      Jimmy Haslem owns the Browns…..If he gets hot?…………Not necessarily a good thing (if you know what I mean)…….
      I think If Udonis Haslem ( you know….the guy that plays for the Heat)……. Gets hot……..we’ will be just fine.

      Unless we pull into a Flying J on the way home.

      • raidmagic - Jun 1, 2013 at 9:05 PM

        Whoops, don’t you hate it when you correct someone on their spelling errors and then completely
        botch anothers name? Spelling police fail.

    • monkeyhateclean - Jun 1, 2013 at 8:47 PM

      I chose to deliberately confound your dubious IQ by continuing to call him “Anderson” instead of “Andersen”, but please, by all means, continue to vocally protest your just cause, its very important in the grand scheme of things, and I’m sure you will finally win me over some day.

      • scorp16 - Jun 1, 2013 at 8:54 PM

        You think any one on this blog actually cares about “winning you over”? …….Yo are an idiot

  4. dolphindubs - Jun 1, 2013 at 8:12 PM


    You are literally too stupid to insult.

    • scorp16 - Jun 1, 2013 at 8:25 PM

      No he is not

      • scorp16 - Jun 1, 2013 at 8:30 PM

        Wwhat you’ve just written is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever read. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this forum is now dumber for having read It. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul

    • monkeyhateclean - Jun 1, 2013 at 9:01 PM

      Oh, you disagree? All I ask is to just tell my why I’m wrong. And since you didn’t, its clear that I am undeniably right. Again!

      Can’t wait for global warming to raise US coastal levels by 4 inches, submerging 90% of Miami, and rendering it an uninhabitable dump. The sooner the disgusting residents of Miami become loathed, reviled refugees who have stones cast at them, the soon they will realize what horrible people they have always been. Always.

  5. dyn0myte - Jun 1, 2013 at 8:51 PM

    Appreciate him if you’d like, but the fact that his teammates (those on the court at the time) made no effort to restrain Andersen or separate him from referee Marc Davis suggests that he is every bit the fool he appears.

  6. mazblast - Jun 1, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    If you’re going to use your resident goon to try to bait an opponent into doing something really stupid in retaliation, why on Earth would you pick Tyler Hansborough? He’s not exactly the key to the Pacers on either end of the court. Go after West, or George, or Hibbert.

    No, this was just sheer stupidity by Birdbrain.

  7. barbeaux - Jun 1, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    Whatever happened with that child porn thing?

    • Kurt Helin - Jun 2, 2013 at 12:36 PM

      For the millionth time (sorry, this has come up a lot lately), there were never any charges because upon investigation police found it was a blackmail scam perpetrated by a woman of age.

  8. northstarnic - Jun 2, 2013 at 3:36 AM

    Sweet tats brah.

  9. kavika6 - Jun 2, 2013 at 5:29 AM

    “that’s between he and I.”

    Apparently Spo is another college (high school?) dropout.

  10. bosoxsux - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:06 AM

    You only need to read the ignorant responses to Monkey’s proposed rule above to know he’s onto something. Here’s the ‘word’, birdheads: Andersen’s an ass. He’s got limited basketball skills, even less smarts and is essentially a hatchet man for the Heat at desperation time. Frankly, I give any of his opponents credit for remaining focused on the game since anything resembling his getup is usually the stuff of nightmares and a source of lifetime trauma. So yes, I agree that any Flagrant 2 rule should be amended to read as follows: “A player whose foul is elevated to a Flagrant 2 upon review by the league office shall be immediately suspended from the ensuing game, except that, in the event of a playoff series, the suspension can be applied to any player by the opposing team (the Team Flagrant Foul Penalty–TFF–option). This TFF option can be exercised by the subsequent playoff opponent when the Flagrant 2 foul occurs in the final game of a playoff series and the offending team advances to the next round. The league will apply the TFF suspension against the offending team for the first regular season game immediately following the NBA finals if the Flagrant 2 is assessed either: (a) after conclusion of the final game of any playoff series where the offending team does not advance or (b) after the final game of the NBA Finals.”

  11. barbeaux - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    The investigation is still open. It’s not closed.

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