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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  caught the Celtics  in a frantic switch and drove hard to the basket. Trailing behind the play Rajon Rondo  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  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.
Here’s where it gets interesting. Last night in Orlando, Dwight Howard  clocked Philly’s Sam Delambert with an elbow. That, as True Hoop’s Henry Abbott points out should have resulted in an ejection .
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 .
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.”
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URLs in this post:
 Brad Miller: http://media.weei.com/basketball/brad-miller-bulls.htm
 Celtics: http://media.weei.com/basketball/boston-celtics.htm
 Rajon Rondo: http://media.weei.com/basketball/rajon-rondo.htm
 Bulls: http://media.weei.com/basketball/brad-miller-rockets.htm
 is of the latter: http://www.celticsblog.com/2009/4/29/858612/more-official-talk
 up in arms: http://blogs.chicagosports.chicagotribune.com/rosenblog/2009/04/yeah-the-refs-blew-it-but-so-did-the-bulls.html
 Dwight Howard: http://media.weei.com/basketball/dwight-howard.htm
 should have resulted in an ejection: http://myespn.go.com/blogs/truehoop/0-39-150/Dwight-Howard-Plays--Philadelphia-Seethes.html
 is reviewing both plays: http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/playoffs/2009/news/story?id=4111528
 Howard was suspended for Game 6: http://greenstreet.weei.com/sports/boston/basketball/celtics/dwight-howard-suspended/
 no further action: http://greenstreet.weei.com/sports/boston/basketball/celtics/no-punishment-for-rondo/
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