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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.

Naturally, opinion in Boston is of the latter [3] interpretation, but they are up in arms [4], so to speak, about the play in Chicago.

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 [5].

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 [6].

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 [7] and it appears that there will be no further action [8] taken against Rondo.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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