Originally posted on Pacers Pulse  |  Last updated 5/24/12
The punishment has been handed down, and I suppose it was about right. Kind of.Udonis Haslem's flagrant 1 for his two-handed club on Tyler Hansbrough, which came nowhere near the basketball, was upgraded to a flagrant 2 and a one-game suspension. The hit is widely believed to have been retaliatory -- for Hansbrough's earlier flagrant 1 against D-Wade a minute earlier. Hansbrough's foul was upgraded to a flagrant 2, but no suspension was tacked on.Dexter Pittman's sickening, intentional elbow to Lance Stephenson late in the fourth quarter, was also upgraded from a flagrant 1 to a flagrant 2, coupled with a 3-game suspension.This means Haslem will miss the pivotal game 6 back in Indiana tomorrow night, giving the Pacers a better chance to extend the series to 7. Pittman probably wouldn't have played anyway, unless there was garbage time, so his suspension is moot.Thoughts: The punishment was about right. Hansbrough's foul probably didn't deserve to be upgraded to a flagrant 2 -- but t...
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