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Rondo’s foul: Flagrant, or not?

Posted By Paul Flannery On April 29, 2009 @ 12:47 pm In General | 1 Comment

With time winding down in Game 5, Brad Miller [1] caught the Celtics [2] in a frantic switch and drove hard to the basket. Trailing behind the play Rajon Rondo [3] reached forward and made contact with Miller’s face, which did two things. It prevented Miller from dunking to tie the game and it also drew blood.

The Bulls [4] protested after the play that it should have been a flagrant foul since, in their opinion, Rondo didn’t attempt to make play a play on the ball. The Celtics, obviously, contend that it was good hard playoff foul.

Naturally, opinion in Boston is of the latter [5] interpretation, but they are up in arms [6], so to speak, about the play in Chicago.

Here’s where it gets interesting. Last night in Orlando, Dwight Howard [7] clocked Philly’s Sam Delambert with an elbow. That, as True Hoop’s Henry Abbott points out should have resulted in an ejection [8].

Now the question becomes: What, if anything, will the NBA do about this?

Here’s a video with both plays (via True Hoop):

UPDATE: According to a report by ESPN’s Chris Sheridan, the NBA is reviewing both plays [9].

Here’s the flagrant foul interpretation from Sheridan:

“If Rondo’s foul is upgraded to a flagrant-category 1, he would be assessed one flagrant foul point. Players earn an automatic one-game suspension if they accumulate four flagrant foul points during the postseason. If the foul is upgraded to a flagrant-2, Rondo would be suspended for Game 6 in Chicago on Thursday night.”

UPDATE II: Howard was suspended for Game 6 [10] and it appears that there will be no further action [11] taken against Rondo.

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URLs in this post:

[1] Brad Miller: http://media.weei.com/basketball/brad-miller-bulls.htm

[2] Celtics: http://media.weei.com/basketball/boston-celtics.htm

[3] Rajon Rondo: http://media.weei.com/basketball/rajon-rondo.htm

[4] Bulls: http://media.weei.com/basketball/brad-miller-rockets.htm

[5] is of the latter: http://www.celticsblog.com/2009/4/29/858612/more-official-talk

[6] up in arms: http://blogs.chicagosports.chicagotribune.com/rosenblog/2009/04/yeah-the-refs-blew-it-but-so-did-the-bulls.html

[7] Dwight Howard: http://media.weei.com/basketball/dwight-howard.htm

[8] should have resulted in an ejection: http://myespn.go.com/blogs/truehoop/0-39-150/Dwight-Howard-Plays--Philadelphia-Seethes.html

[9] is reviewing both plays: http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/playoffs/2009/news/story?id=4111528

[10] Howard was suspended for Game 6: http://greenstreet.weei.com/sports/boston/basketball/celtics/dwight-howard-suspended/

[11] no further action: http://greenstreet.weei.com/sports/boston/basketball/celtics/no-punishment-for-rondo/

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