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 PRESSWIRE

Dexter Pittman Suspended 3 Games For Elbow To Lance Stephenson's Throat

Dexter Pittman's elbow to the throat of Lance Stephenson will reportedly result in a three-game suspension.

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Dexter Pittman Suspended 3 Games, NBA Announces

Miami Heat center Dexter Pittman was suspended three games by the NBA, according to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports. The suspension comes following Game 5, when Pittman drew a flagrant foul for elbowing Indiana's Lance Stephenson in the throat.

The incident occurred with 18 seconds left to play in the fourth quarter of Game 5. After Indiana's A.J. Price made a jump shot, Pittman lunged into Stephenson and hit him in the throat with his elbow. Pittman was assessed a flagrant one foul at the time.

The suspension won't affect the Heat, as Pittman rarely plays. He played in 35 games during the regular season, but has logged just six minutes over two games against the Pacers.

EDIT: The NBA made it official, announcing Pittman's suspension shortly after Wojnarowski's report.

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Heat Vs. Pacers: Hard Fouls By Miami's Dexter Pittman, Udonis Haslem Draw Reactions

The Miami Heat and the Indiana Pacers played an intense Game 5 on Tuesday night, but it might have been too intense. There were several hard fouls committed by Miami, and the team might be down a couple of players should suspensions be handed out. The most egregious foul was Dexter Pittman's elbow to Lance Stephenson's throat. It looks intentional, and could wind up costing Pittman several games. However, don't ask LeBron James his thoughts on the play until he sees the video (via CBS Sports):

"I need to see it," James said. "I need to see exactly what happened. But I think there's no room for dirty plays in our game, period – whether it's from us, or Indiana or anyone in the league. We're all one group as players, and you don't want anybody to get hurt. I haven't seen that actual play, but we'll see."

Earlier in the game, Udonis Haslem committed a hard foul on Tyler Hansbrough, who had fouled Dwyane Wade before that. Haslem's foul on Hansbrough looked premeditated, but Heat coach Erik Spoelstra is backing up his player and claiming otherwise (via the Miami Herald):

"There were three hard fouls in this game, and the league will review them," Spoelstra said. "We thought [Haslem] was making a play on the ball. This is a physical series. Nobody wants to make it into anything more than that."

The Heat should start preparing for the loss of two players. It would be hard to imagine the NBA not disciplining either member of the Heat.

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VIDEO: Dexter Pittman Delivers Elbow To Lance Stephenson's Throat

Indiana Pacers benchwarmer Lance Stephenson bothered the Miami Heat players after he gave LeBron James the choke signal during the Pacers' Game 3 win. It took two games, but it looks like the Heat have gotten their revenge, all thanks to a very dirty play by backup center Dexter Pittman.

With the game decided in the final minutes, Stephenson came down the lane to grab a rebound. Pittman responded by blatantly sticking his elbow out, catching Stephenson right in the throat.

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That play is reminiscent of the elbow Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum delivered to J.J. Barea in Game 4 of the Lakers' four-game loss to the Dallas Mavericks in the 2011 NBA Playoffs. Bynum received a five-game suspension for that one.

Pittman may receive fewer games simply because the games he'd miss are in the playoffs and not the regular season, but that play was just as bad as Bynum's, if not worse. I'd expect a major suspension.

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