Here we go! I can't believe it but it's actually true. Boris Diaw and Amare Stoudemire were both suspended for Game 5 on Wednesday. Robert Horry was suspended for 2 games. And despite everything commissioner David Stern and his cohorts have said, they do like to have thug basketball in the playoffs.
How else do you explain this?
- Bruce Bowen clips Amare Stoudemire - no review
- Bruce Bowen knees Steve Nash - review, no fine or suspension
- Baron Davis elbows Derek Fisher in the head - review, no fine or suspension
- Amare Stoudemire and Boris Diaw rush toward their teammate when he is body slammed into the scorer's table but don't touch anyone and go back to the bench within 2 seconds - review, 1 game suspension
- Robert Horry is sent into a game that is pretty much over with 32 seconds to go , body slams the former 2-time MVP and ruins the best series going in the playoffs - review, receives a paltry 2 game suspension
David Stern can say anything he wants about liking how the game is opening up and becoming more free. But he's proved here that he doesn't mean it.
It's a travesty that the Spurs continue to get away with what can only be considered thug basketball and no one in the upper echelon of the NBA cares.
The Suns can still win the game tomorrow. They'll have the crowd behind them and they'll be out to get revenge. But it's going to be a fight - literally. Don't think for a minute that these suspensions will tone things down. If anything, it's shown Greg Popovich and his band of thugs that they really CAN get away with whatever they want.