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Alston, Fisher Suspended

NBA discipline dean Stu Jackson announced this evening that Orlando Magic point guard Rafer Alston and Los Angeles Lakers point guard Derek Fisher were both suspended one game for separate incidents on Wednesday night.

Alston slapped Boston's Eddie House in the back of the head with with 48.6 seconds remaining in the third period of the Magic's 112-94 loss to the Celtics in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference semifinal at TD Banknorth Garden. Fisher got suspended for plowing through Houston's Luis Scola and contacting his shoulder and head with 13.2 seconds remaining in the third period of the Lakers' 111-98 win in Game 2 of their Western Conference semifinal at Staples Center.

Kobe Bryant did not get suspended but was assessed a flagrant foul penalty one for elbowing Ron Artest in the chest in the fourth quarter of that game.

Both Alston and Fisher will serve their suspensions on Friday.

By Michael Lee  |  May 7, 2009; 5:43 PM ET
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Sniveling gutless David Stern and Stu Jackson found an "out" for Kobe by saying he struck Artest in the "chest area".

It's clear he hit him in the throat and that should be an automatic suspension.

The NBA is a frickin' joke. I feel like I'm watching a more legitimate sport when I tune into WWE...and least they don't try to put up a facade of objectivity.

Posted by: p1funk | May 7, 2009 7:17 PM | Report abuse

seen it comin funk

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | May 7, 2009 8:55 PM | Report abuse

Poor Dork Nowitzki!

Posted by: jeremydvid | May 8, 2009 2:03 AM | Report abuse

The NBA is a joke! I am starting to believe these games are fixed and the NBA commissioner is in bed with Lebron James...

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 1:04 PM

The NBA. Where fixing the playoffs happens.

Posted by: Ben | May 2, 2008 1:05 PM

Posted by: prescrunk | May 8, 2009 9:04 AM | Report abuse

Seriously....what is the point in assessing a Flagrant 1 after the fact? Is it a way to "save face" for the NBA. Does anyone know what the consequences of this are, or is it basically a way of them saying, yeah we messed up and there is no way there should have been a foul on Artest but we are idiots>?

Posted by: LooseCannon1 | May 8, 2009 10:28 AM | Report abuse

I think Kolby should have gotten suspended too. An suspension by Kolby would have sent a clear message from the League on what is not condoned on the court.

And while I am at it, I am going to take a swipe at you Defense Guru's.

What you saw from the Los Angeles Lakers in that last game was DIRTY BASKETBALL.

Yes, it was DIRTY BASKETBALL, and not good Defense. The Houston Rockets are playing GOOD DEFENSE and are outplaying the Lakers defensively.

That last game was a must win for the Lakers and when halftime rolled around they knew that if they did not win that game, that they were in serious trouble of loosing the series to Houston.

So what did they do, they resorted DIRTY BASKETBALL, for they couldn't outplay the Rockets with good sound legal Defense.

Nobody thought it, even just recently that the Lakers would be lacking in sound Defense. No one was saying it, but Defense is the Lakers achilles hill and sadly, the Rockets are too tough for them.

The Lakers are done, and...Are you ready for this???

Ron Artest becomes a Legitimate NBA Star.


Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | May 8, 2009 10:31 AM | Report abuse

I agree with all the previous posts. If the nba would stop kissing kobe's *ss then we could get down to some serious basketball. I hope houston wipes LA off the map, and don't worry kobe is gonna choke, he's due.....

Posted by: scraig65 | May 8, 2009 10:58 AM | Report abuse

To flohrtv from BRENDON's chat assessment:

Cynical response but probably true. Was thinking the same thing myself.

Posted by: glawrence007 | May 8, 2009 10:58 AM | Report abuse

The NBA has been rigged for years from who gets the top lottery pick to how they call the games. They had an inside investigation into the Tim Donaghy scandal, which is like the Bush administration investigating whether they authorized the use of torture? It’s a shame what Stern has done to the league and for some reason he keeps his job. I guess money does speak louder than actions.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | May 8, 2009 11:00 AM | Report abuse


Yours of last night. So it is said, let it be written. Agreed.

Posted by: glawrence007 | May 8, 2009 11:01 AM | Report abuse

I think Anthony Johnson and Lue will cause beaucoup problems for Boston. Johnson shot 39% and Lue 44% from 3 point land this season. Alston shoots 34%. That keeps Rondo out on the perimeter where he can't help on interior defense. Lue and Montgomery are both fast guys, and that also keeps Rondo close to them.

Alston's superior for the long run, but for a single game, Rondo should have his hands full.

Posted by: Samson151 | May 8, 2009 4:06 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: nowgoal | May 8, 2009 10:23 PM | Report abuse

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