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Metta World Peace changed his name from Ron Artest before this season, but he's dealing with the same old controversy after his elbow to the head of Oklahoma City guard James Harden on Sunday.
World Peace was ejected just before halftime in the Lakers' 114-106 double-overtime victory over the Thunder. He was pounding his chest with his right hand to celebrate a dunk, and then he threw his left elbow into Harden, who came into his way.
World Peace issued the following statement after the game: "I got really emotional, really excited. And it was unfortunate that James had to get hit with the unintentional elbow. I hope he's OK. The Thunder, they're playing for a championship this year. So I really hope he's OK, and I apologize to the Thunder and to James Harden. Such a great game, and it was unfortunate so much emotion was going on at that time."
World Peace could be suspended by the NBA for the Lakers' regular-season finale Thursday in Sacramento. He was replaced by second-year player Devin Ebanks for most of the game Sunday, in part because usual backup Matt Barnes was dealing with a sprained right ankle.
Ebanks guarded Kevin Durant decently in the Lakers' victory, logging 27 minutes to Barnes' 17. Ebanks started the season as the Lakers' starting small forward but has often not played late in the season.
On verge of No. 3 seed
--The Lakers can lock up the Western Conference's third seed with a victory at Sacramento on Thursday -- if they haven't already clinched it with a Clippers loss in their final three games. The Lakers are on track to face Dallas or Denver in the first round and will have home-court advantage.
--The Lakers' rally from 18 points behind to defeat Oklahoma City on Sunday was mainly because of improved pick-and-roll defense, according to Lakers coach Mike Brown. Said Brown: "Our intensity picked up, our physicality picked up, and we were able to put ourselves in position to win."
QUOTE TO NOTE: "Momentum is big going into the playoffs." -- Lakers guard Steve Blake.
ROSTER REPORT PLAYER NOTES:
--G Ramon Sessions played Sunday without the pad covering his sprained left shoulder. He is still dealing with a sore right index finger. He had just eight points and three assists, with Steve Blake playing in his place late in the victory against Oklahoma City.
--F Metta World Peace is facing a possible NBA suspension for his elbow to the head of Oklahoma City guard James Harden in the second quarter Sunday. World Peace was having another good game at the time, having scored 12 points with three steals in 18 minutes, but he was ejected with 1:37 left in the second quarter.
--F Jordan Hill was given a chance to play, and he took full advantage of it with 14 points, tying his season high, and 15 rebounds, tying his career high, on Sunday. Hill will continue to back up Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum, with the Lakers hoping to get a defensive presence from Hill instead of Josh McRoberts.
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In an utterly disgusting move, Ron Artest reared back and fired an elbow behind the ear of a prone James Harden, leveling him and leaving him on the floor for several minutes. Artest was assessed a flagrant 2 and ejected.
You can see in the video that he's trying to explain that he was celebrating his dunk and the elbow was inadvertent. The video replay shows...
Los Angeles Lakers forward Metta World Peace viciously elbowed Oklahoma City’s James Harden in the head. Was it intentional? Does it matter?
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Thunder forward James Harden underwent tests Monday following his concussion in the previous day's game against the Los Angeles Lakers and will be re-evaluated on Tuesday.
Harden participated in limited activities on Monday but must go through additional steps under the NBA's concussion policy before he is cleared to play again.
Harden dropped to the...
Los Angeles Lakers forward Metta World Peace will probably have to change his name back to Ron Artest after he was ejected from Sunday's game against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
It happened in the second quarter of Sunday's game. Metta was celebrating after scoring a basket when he felt James Harden bump into him and impulsively threw an elbow in that direction....
As the NBA world, and Los Angeles Lakers await the punishment the league offices will hand down to Metta World Peace after he threw an elbow at Oklahoma City Thunder's James Harden giving him a concussion, Harden will undergo more tests today.
Harden underwent tests yesterday for his concussion and has gone through limited activities on Monday but must still be evaluated before...
Los Angeles Lakers forward Metta World Peace may have changed his name, but he hasn’t changed his ways. Wearing his subdued persona like a cheap Halloween costume it was on a matter of time before World Peace tore it off and showed his true colors. On Sunday afternoon as the Lakers played their Western Conference
At first look it appears Metta World Peace or Ron Artest had a very cheap shot in the Los Angles and Oklahoma City game. However, Artest claims it an accident and it very well could have been but Artest’s previous actions aren’t working in his favor.
World Peace was ejected in Sunday’s 114-106 double overtime win for the Lakers. World Peace received a flagrant...
Previously on Outside the Boxscore, we featured a clip of Lakers forward Metta World Peace elbowing Thunder guard James Harden in the head.
Well, a singer/songwriter by the name of Miss Stephanie K put together this one-minute song based the elbowing seen round' the world:
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Peace clocked Harden with a powerful shot to the head that may impact both team’s playoff performances.
Just when he was beginning to play well, just on the eve of the playoffs, METTA WORLD PEACE (yeah, right) goes ballistic after a fastbreak dunk and levels OKC’s JAMES HARDEN with a vicious elbow to the side of the head in Sunday’s Lakers-Thunder match-up at Staples…
On Sunday, the world seemed right again, as Metta World Peace turned back into the Ron Artest of old by laying a vicious elbow to the side of James Harden’s head. Artest said that the elbow was an accident – that he was just caught up in the moment after a big slam dunk – and he even Tweeted his oh-so-sincere regrets about the whole situation. Of course, his Tweets were probably...
By Anthony Caruso III
The Capital Sports Report
Owner/Managing Editor/Sr. Writer
Metta World Peace has been suspended for the next seven games.
The NBA announced the suspension to the Los Angeles Lakers small forward on Tuesday, which is without pay. Metta World Peace threw a violent elbow to the head of Oklahoma City Thunder’s James Harden on Sunday.
It only took the NBA two...
Even with the playoffs about to start, the last thing the Oklahoma City Thunder want to do is rush one of their top players back from injury.
The Thunder could again be without key reserve James Harden when they conclude the regular season at home Wednesday night against the playoff-bound Denver Nuggets.
Oklahoma City (47-18) has secured the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference...
That crushing elbow tossed at Thunder's James Harden is going to cost Los Angeles Lakers' Metta World Peace seven games according to Yahoo! Sports' Marc Spears.
Lakers forward Metta World Peace suspended 7 games for elbow to head of Thunder forward James Harden. Metta's suspension goes into playoffs.
— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) April 24, 2012
As the report...
Led by Kobe Bryant's clutch shooting, the Los Angeles Lakers came back from a double-digit deficit Sunday to defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder in double overtime at Staples Center, 114-106.
Here are three lessons that we learned from the game:
1. Metta World Peace is Still Ron Artest
In the last month, Metta World Peace has played fantastic basketball for the Lakers,...