Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Stoudemire, Diaw Suspended for Leaving Bench, Duncan, Bowen not.

After much debate over the last couple of games against the Phoenix Suns, the San Antonio Spurs added even more evidence against them in possibly being a dirty team. With 18 seconds remaining in a loss against the Suns, a frusturated Robert Horry checked Suns star Steve Nash into the scorer's table. This resulted in a near fight between Horry and Raja Bell of the Suns, and later another near fight between Horry and Nash. Horry was immediately given a flagrant two, resulting in an automatic ejection. This foul play was very similar to a play in last year's playoffs in which James Posey of the Miami Heat shoved The Chicago Bulls' Kirk Hinrich intentionally, also resulting in a flagrant two.

To add fuel to this altercation, the Suns' Amare Stoudemire and Boris Diaw left the bench and usually that results in a suspension. Speaking of leaving the bench, in a separate altercation in the second quarter, The Spurs' Tim Duncan and Bruce Bowen left the bench area. The NBA suspended three players earlier today as a result of the Horry foul. Horry was suspended two games and Stoudemire and Diaw were suspended one game each for leaving the bench. Duncan and Bowen were not suspended.

My ultimate question about the suspensions are why were Stoudemire and Diaw suspended but not Duncan and Bowen? It is possible that they might eventually be suspended, but it appears unlikely. In my opinion, either they all deserve to be suspended or none of them do. When they left the bench, none of them played a significant role in the altercations.

As a result of these suspensions, the Suns just might have given up their chances in beating the Spurs, given that they host game 5 and the Spurs host game 6. It will take a great team effort and outstanding games from Nash and Shawn Marion for the Suns to triumph over the Spurs in game 5, but they played nearly all of last year without Stoudemire.

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