Dexter Pittman hard foul on Lance Stephenson

You make the call: Should Dexter Pittman be suspended after this hard foul?

5/23/12 in NBA   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

Dexter Pittman was assessed a flagrant 1 after this play, but is that enough? Check out the play in question:




A key piece of background info, for the uninformed:

Stephenson was the player who made the "choke" sign at LeBron James while James missed a couple free throws late in the Heat's game 3 loss.

April 21, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat power forward Chris Bosh (left) talks with center Dexter Pittman (right) during the second half against the Washington Wizards at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIREAs you watch the play, you can clearly see Pittman cock his elbow as he watches Stephenson enter the lane to go after the ball.

This was an absurdly obvious attempt at retaliation for Stephenson punking out the Heat's best player. As far as I'm concerned, there is no way avoiding that.

Clearly premeditated, clearly intentional, and clearly violent with complete disregard for the game of basketball.

Personally, I'd sit Pittman down for at least 5 games and slap a heavy fine on him as well.

Behavior like this has no place whatsoever in NBA games, no matter what kind of trash talk Stephenson had done.

What do you think? Should Pittman be suspended for this play?
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5/23/12   |   Indydave   |   40 respect

Yep fine him and they should punish the Miami Heat too-- by making Pittman play the whole game for the next 5 games for the Heat-- well that might be a little too much LOL!!!!

5/23/12   |   kantwistaye   |   4211 respect

He needs to be suspended.  That said, the Pacers had this coming.  Eventually all the fake tough guy crap will catch up to you.

5/23/12   |   Scott   |   52897 respect

The problem is Pittman is a 2nd tier bench player at best that only sees action in "mop-up time".  Suspending him really serves no purpose other then it follows protocol already set forth by previous flagrant fouls that have been committed.  I'd fine him $500,000 to really hit him where it hurts

5/23/12   |   abac89   |   758 respect

Yea I agree i would be surprised if he doesn't get at least 5 games and the wink afterwards could make it a little more