May 22, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat power forward Udonis Haslem (40) shown with a bandage over his right eye from an injury he sustained in game 4 as he warms up prior to the start of game 5 against the Indiana Pacers in the 2012 NBA eastern conference semi-finals at the American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESS WIRE

Udonis Haslem Suspended 1 Game For Flagrant Foul

Udonis Haslem will sit Game 6 of the Heat-Pacers series out after receiving a suspension for his flagrant foul on Tyler Hansbrough.

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Udonis Haslem Admits Hit On Tyler Hansbrough Was Retaliation

Five days after he was suspended one game for committing a flagrant foul in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals, the Miami Heat's Udonis Haslem has publicly owned up to the act.

"I can't imagine anything I wouldn't do for Dwyane," Haslem told the Miami Herald's Dan Le Batard in reference to his retaliation hit on Indiana Pacer Tyler Hansbrough after Hansbrough leveled Dwyane Wade earlier in Game 5.

Were you really that surprised?

And aren't you actually a bit pleased Haslem was candid on the incident?

Haslem's hit, while malicious, was what NBA playoff basketball should be allowed to be. Too often we see players in this league go out of their way to remain friendly and chummy with the opponent, putting off-court relationships on just as high a pedestal as playing all-out to win an NBA Championship. Haslem's hit on Hansbrough showed how he's willing to play the role of a bad guy if it's what his team needs.

It also may have initiated a shift in how we (as fans and the national media) perceive the Miami Heat.

"It is all fun and games to beat up the Heat in the media, to say the Heat are soft," added Haslem to Le Batard. "Rabbit hunting is fun. But it ain't funny when the rabbit has the gun."

At least now we can end the specualtion on this story and put it to rest.

Haslem intended to inflict pain on Hansbrough. It cost him a playoff game, but no doubt earned him a bit more respect in the Heat locker room, and sent a message to the Boston Celtics and possible NBA Finals opponent that this flashy South Beach team may actually have an enforcer ready to protect his team's stars.

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Udonis Haslem Suspended 1 Game For Flagrant Foul

Dexter Pittman wasn't the only Miami Heat player to draw a suspension following a rough Game 5 against Indiana. The NBA suspended Udonis Haslem for Game 6 of the Eastern Conference semifinal after he was accessed a flagrant foul in Game 5.

With 9:26 to play in the second quarter, Haslem fouled Indiana's Tyler Hansbrough as Hansbrough attempted a shot. Instead of contesting the shot, Haslem pushed Hansbrough to the ground, drawing a flagrant one foul. The incident was the result of a play that occurred a few possessions prior, when Hansbrough was whistled for a flagrant foul of his own for hitting Dwyane Wade in the head.

Haslem is averaging 6.0 points and 4.4 rebounds in 16.8 minutes per game against Indiana.

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NBA Playoffs: Flagrant Fouls Will Be Reviewed, Suspensions Are Possible

The NBA has decided to review the three flagrant fouls that were issued in Tuesday night's game between the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers in a move that shouldn't surprise anyone that was watching. It all began with Tyler Hansbrough, but it seemed as though Udonis Haslem and Dexter Pittman caused a bit more damage with their fouls.

Nonetheless, the NBA is going to review the incidents and then -- at a time to be determined -- potentially hand out suspensions.

Suspensions wouldn't be mandatory, of course, but CBS Sports posted a solid piece looking at the flagrant fouls in an effort to guess what sort of penalties might await the three players involved.

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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: Udonis Haslem Retaliates On Tyler Hansbrough, Called For Flagrant Foul

The Miami Heat probably caught a huge break here. Power forward Udonis Haslem, arguably their third-most important player behind LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, was lucky to avoid getting tossed after being whistled for a flagrant foul for winding up and hitting Tyler Hansbrough on the shoulder with both hands in retaliation for an earlier flagrant foul on Wade.

Haslem's foul came when he picked up Hansbrough rolling to the rim. Instead of contesting the shot, Haslem slammed his two hands down right on Hansbrough's shoulder. Here's video.

For context, Hansbrough was called for a flagrant foul a couple possessions earlier after he popped Wade in the head coming down the lane. Here's video of that play.


Both players were assessed a flagrant foul, but only the "Flagrant 1" variety. A "Flagrant 2" foul, which is anything deemed to be both unnecessary and excessive, would mean an immediate ejection. Haslem's foul in particular seemed both unnecessary and excessive, but the referees obviously disagreed.

It's the second time the Heat have gotten lucky to avoid an immediate ejection in this series. Wade was called for merely a Flagrant 1 after he took down Darren Collison on a fast break.

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