Posted May 31, 2013

Heat’s Chris Andersen suspended for Game 6 against Pacers

2013 NBA playoffs, Ben Golliver, Chris Andersen, Indiana Pacers, Miami Heat, Tyler Hansbrough

The NBA announced Friday that Heat center Chris “Birdman” Andersen has been suspended for Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Pacers after he received a flagrant foul during an exchange with Tyler Hansbrough in Game 5.

With a little more than nine minutes remaining in the second quarter and the Pacers leading 29-25, Andersen appeared to intentionally veer into Hansbrough’s path in the backcourt as Indiana pushed the ball up the court. A hard bump from Andersen’s right shoulder sent Hansbrough flying to the ground. When Hansbrough returned to his feet, Andersen walked over to confront him and the two players bumped their chests together. At that point, Andersen shoved Hansbrough with both arms in the chest, sending him backwards, before referees, coaches and teammates could intervene.

It’s possible that Andersen’s initial bump was a mistaken reaction to a light shove in the back from Paul George, who nudged Andersen from behind during the rebounding sequence before corralling the ball and taking off the other way.

Andersen received a flagrant foul 1 after a video review of the play by the officials. Double technical fouls were also assessed to Andersen and Hansbrough. Both players were allowed to remain in the game.

The NBA league office retroactively upgraded Andersen’s flagrant foul 1 to a flagrant foul 2 and assessed a one-game suspension without pay after it was determined that Andersen “knocked” Hansbrough to the court, “escalated the altercation by shoving” him, and “resisted efforts” to end the altercation.

The technical foul called on Hansbrough was also rescinded upon review by the league office.

ProBasketballTalk.com reported earlier Friday that NBA commissioner David Stern believed Andersen should have been asssessed a flagrant foul 2 and ejected from Game 5.

“I do think [Andersen] should have been ejected,” Stern said, in an interview with NBCSportsRadio.com. “I looked at the replays and, it seems to me, there was no immediate push or shove of him, he just hauled off and knocked down Tyler Hansbrough. I don’t know what he was doing. And then he pushed him. And then he did not go gracefully to the bench.”

The Point Forward’s Rob Mahoney asserted Friday morning that Andersen’s actions warranted an ejection.

Andersen did not make himself available to the media after Game 5.

The Palm Beach Post reported that Hansbrough was unsure what prompted Andersen to start the altercation. CBSSports.com reported that Hansbrough also wasn’t sure whether Andersen should be suspended for Game 6.

“I don’t know,” he said. “That’s for you guys to decide. In my eyes, it wasn’t a basketball play.”

Virtually everyone associated with both teams pleaded ignorant about the exchange during their post-game comments.

“I don’t really want to say anything about any calls or any officiating,” Pacers coach Frank Vogel said. “I didn’t see anything. [The referees] watched it on the tape, so I’m sure they made the right decision.”

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra did not address Andersen’s potential availability for Game 6 and, like Vogel, stated that he wanted to review the altercation before speaking about it at length.

“I didn’t see it, so I’m going to have to see the film on it,” Spoelstra said. “It’s a physical series.  But nobody wants to take it over the top.”

Andersen, 34, signed with the Heat in January and posted averages of 4.9 points and 4.1 rebounds in 14.9 minutes per game this season. He’s averaging 7.1 points and 4.0 rebounds in 15.4 minutes per game so far in the playoffs.

The Heat lead the Pacers 3-2 in the series. Game 6 is set for Indianapolis on Saturday.

53 comments
chordchanger69
chordchanger69

Birdman and Haslem look like they are contributing only because of LeBron and the convenient ball deposit in their hands for a unmolested lay-in or dunk.  Other notable "energy" players, degenerates, and social psychopaths from earlier NBA era at least had other specialty basketball skills; Andersen and Haslem have little to offer other than their allotted six fouls and the thuggery.  Rodman was an all-pro in rebounding, retrieving loose balls and antagonizing/disrupting those he guarded.  Mahorn and Lambeer could set picks, rebound and even hit shots within their range.  Stop rationalizing Andersen as a legit basketball professional.  This guy is little more than someone's sick joke or excuse for a roster slot on the Heat.  He warrants institutionalization; not adoration or adulation.

DrDooLittle
DrDooLittle

I long for the good old days when a shove was a shove.

Bring back the bruise brothers, Rick Mahorn and Bill Lambeer.

JesseGonzalez
JesseGonzalez

Is it me or do the Heat try to physically intimidate you with thuggery and not aggressive play.  After bird boy got the technical then Hasslam came in the do the same and smile every time he made a basket.  I would like to see the punks from Miami play the Spurs and see how ineffective that junk will be.

Scallywagners
Scallywagners

If Andersen would have been ejected from the game the other night, would he have still been suspended for tonight's game?  Another NBA "woulda, coulda, shoulda" moment.  If Andersen would have been ejected, he wouldn't have had the big block on Hansbrough later in the game . . . thus effecting the game.  Not necessarily effecting the outcome of the game, but effecting the game itself.  Why doesn't the NBA have a replay official sitting there watching the replays, instead of having all three guys stop the game to wander over to the sideline to watch?

nature boy ric f.
nature boy ric f. like.author.displayName 1 Like

"Andersen received a flagrant foul 1 after a video review of the play by the officials. Double technical fouls were also assessed to Andersen and Hansbrough. Both players were allowed to remain in the game."


Probably the most absurd part in all this is that they hit Hansbrough with a technical. 

BrianScottBailey
BrianScottBailey

@nature boy ric f. Agreed Hansbrough was pushed got up and stood his ground when knocked down again. It was a pity call even the commentators for the game said Hansbrough did nothing wrong and that the refs did the safe call doing a double technical than just naming Birdman because the Heat were the hosting team.

leehwgoc
leehwgoc

@nature boy ric f.  Hansbrough got T'ed because he didn't back down.  Not that anyone should blame him for that, but in those situations the refs just want to defuse the situation so they hand out fouls to everyone.

leehwgoc
leehwgoc

The initial body-check by Andersen happened far from the ball at that point, on the wrong side of the court.  The refs keep their eyes on the action around the ball, obviously, not on what two stragglers that are last to catch up to the play are doing.  It's obvious none of them saw Andersen's body-check.

If they had, Andersen probably would've been ejected.

It's exactly because of situations like this that the policy for post-game foul-upgrading exists.

nature boy ric f.
nature boy ric f.

@leehwgoc You do know that they watch a replay of the incident before serving up technicals or flagrants, right?

leehwgoc
leehwgoc

You don't know what camera angles they had, you don't know how far back their footage played.

robert29
robert29

This kind of thing detracts from the game. I don't want to have my time taken up by waiting and watching through hooliganism. Andersen can be an effective player; a player is one thing, a thug another. If anything, to discourage further incidents along these lines he should get a greater penalty. Enough is enough and get on with the game. 

leehwgoc
leehwgoc

Suspending Birdman is the only correct call.  I don't even understand why Andersen body-checked Hansbrough in the first place. Hansbrough didn't even touch Cole on the lay-up attempt.  It seemed like Birdman was confused, and foolishness ensued.

utahfriday
utahfriday

NBA and Stern want to make sure there's a game seven. Lots of $ at stake and this give Indy a more than good chance to send it back to Miami. Punk move by Birdman and punk move by the NBA. They must think we're all stupid not to see what they're doing.

JohnBunch
JohnBunch

@utahfriday That's why they didn't suspend him during game 5 imo...could have changed the game and the league didn't want to take a chance in Indy with the Heat down 3-2...there was going to be a game 7 even without the suspension. Pacers will play angry tonight and will win.

jsteppling
jsteppling

i think the suspension is because of his tussle with the ref as much as the shove. Nazr didnt get a suspension. Of course wade should have been suspended for a crack on the back of stephenson's head....which actually was a *dangerous* foul. This is just unsportsmanlike.

ApexofG
ApexofG

That's a punk move by the birdman. Psycho T should have went after him... But didn't, the suspension is on key.

a26
a26

how about doing the same thing to david west? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ur4eGXg93Rw

ParishToni1
ParishToni1 like.author.displayName 1 Like

@a26  

Might as well admit you're a Miami homer.

James120
James120

@ParishToni1 @a26 I agree with you guys, but that was Chalmers' injured shoulder. So that seems a bit malicious.

hddh
hddh like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 2 Like

@a26 Are you f'ing kidding me!!!!?? This is the single dumbest comment of the year. If you want West to be suspended for that than Wade needs a 3 game suspension for his flying shot of Stephenson

vicente
vicente

when will david stern step in and review lebron james criticising the refs calls after game 4.

vicente
vicente

there he goes again game 6 saying the refs got it wrong calling an offensive foul and the ensuing technical on him. why is it that the coaches get fined for criticising the refs but the players are NOT?

M2099ui
M2099ui like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 2 Like

Pay careful attention to what happened here folks.  It wasn't until David Stern spoke up and said that Anderson deserved to be ejected that the NBA retroactively took action and suspended him.  If Stern hadn't spoken up, they wouldn't have done anything.  Why didn't the refs do the right thing on their own?  Because favoritism is their unspoken policy and David Stern is the ringleader.

leehwgoc
leehwgoc

@M2099ui Upgrading flagrant 1s to flagrant 2s post-game happens all the time.  The procedure exists because post-game a more careful judgement can be made.  

Conspiracy theories are ever the pastime of the mentally dull.  If Stern and the refs favor Miami so much, THEN EXPLAIN WHY THE PACERS HAVE GOTTEN MORE FREE-THROWS IN EVERY SINGLE GAME?

#inconvenientfacts

nature boy ric f.
nature boy ric f.

@leehwgoc @M2099ui The Pacers get to the line more because unlike Miami, they play inside-out.  Other than leBron the Heat has nobody that has anything close to a post game.  Bosh shoots 18 ft jumpers all day, same with Haslem, and Birdman is limited to offensive put backs.  It's naive to just look at a box score and say "the Pacers have shot more FT's, the refs must be favoring them" without actually watching the games and taking into account personnel and style of play.

nature boy ric f.
nature boy ric f.

@leehwgoc@nature boy ric f.@M2099uiThe angle of my delusion? OK.  I actually never said or implied that the refs were favoring either team. I was just responding to this: 

"THEN EXPLAIN WHY THE PACERS HAVE GOTTEN MORE FREE-THROWS IN EVERY SINGLE GAME?"

leehwgoc
leehwgoc

@nature boy ric f. @leehwgoc @M2099ui 

I never said the refs are favoring the Pacers.  That's the angle of *your* delusion.  

I already made my point, but I apparently have to reiterate:  you try to imply that the fix is in for the Heat.  Well, the DRASTIC disparity between free-throws contradicts that notion.  If a pro-Heat fix was in, then wouldn't the refs use their ability to literally create points on the scoreboard to that end?  Except, they clearly *aren't*.

We both know that if the situation here was reversed and the Heat were getting all the FTs, you would be conveniently about-facing on your rationale here.

And that's the point.

Sportsfan18
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@M2099ui Me thinks it's because Birdman's star doesn't burn as bright as D Wade's so he got suspended a game vs. Wade for his elbow...  We all knew Wade wouldn't be suspended...  Birdman?  Stern told his boys he was tired of lookin at em...  so they are giving him the night off...

leehwgoc
leehwgoc

@Sportsfan18 @M2099ui Nothing about Wade has burned bright in this series.  Suspending him might actually do Miami a favor.  It baffles me why Spoelstra is giving Wade 40 minutes every game when he's been so completely ineffective.  A combination of Miller and Allen at the 2 with those minutes instead would be doing more for the team.

Bearsclone
Bearsclone like.author.displayName 1 Like

@M2099ui Incompetence is not a conspiracy.  Of course Birdbrain should have been ejected, but if you think that David Stern is trying to protect some over the hill thug, you're not thinking about the situation very clearly.

JonathanD
JonathanD like.author.displayName 1 Like

@M2099ui In your crazy-person world, David Stern is not only the ringleader of a conspiracy, but the conspiracy is so poorly run that he has to announce his instructions publicly???

M20
M20

Good news for the Heat. More Udonis Haslem.

SteveDolphinsrule
SteveDolphinsrule like.author.displayName like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 3 Like

The NBA habitually favors big market teams and big name players.  Until they officiate fairly on a consistent basis, the league is corrupt.  It's as simple as that.  They should never have had to review this play.

JonathanD
JonathanD

@SteveDolphinsrule Unfortunately for your theory, Chris Anderson is not a big-name player and Miami is not a big market team.

MrGameandShow
MrGameandShow

@JonathanD @SteveDolphinsrule Pathetic conspiracy talk and morons like stevie who cant distinguish whos big market and whos a small market. 

train805
train805

Thats retarded. How was he not ejected right away? He knocked hansborough down once with a cheap shot elbow, and then came back and shoved him. How they dont review that, and toss him right away is baffling.