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http://www.sacbee.com/content/sports/basketball/kings/story/14247236p-15064918c.html
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    A hard foul by Ron Artest on San Antonio's Manu Ginobili on Saturday will prove costly to the Kings, who learned Monday that their forward has been suspended for Tuesday's playoff game by the NBA.

    Artest was suspended one game for making forearm contact to the head of Ginobili during the third quarter of San Antonio's 122-88 win over the Kings, NBA senior vice president of basketball operations Stu Jackson announced.

    The incident occurred with 9:07 remaining in the third quarter of the playoff opener in San Antonio. Game 2 is Tuesday night, also in San Antonio.

    Artest and Ginobili had been involved in an incident early in the game when the Spurs forward elbowed Artest in the lip just 18 seconds into the playoff opener.

    The Kings were shocked to hear the news. While the play was being reviewed, most believed a Flagrant 1 penalty was the worst case scenario. However the league declared a Flagrant 2, which carried with it a one-game suspension during the playoffs.

    There is some speculation the decision may have been influenced by a separate play in which Artest fouled Tim Duncan hard. The league did not return a call for comment as of Monday at 10:30 a.m.

    What part Artest's history, which has included numerous suspensions, is unknown. He was suspended for most of last season for his part in a brawl at Detroit.

    The Kings aren't the only team without a key player for the playoffs. Miami's Udonis Haslem also was suspended for one game for throwing his mouthpiece at an official during the Heat's 111-106 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Saturday.


UN-believable. Do the Spurs REALLY need this kind of help to knock off the Kings? I guess the only upside to this is they haven't suspended him for one of the home games. (Yet.)



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When you have Artest's history, you aren't going to get the benefit of the doubt.
Maybe it is because I can't forget the Mother's Day Massacre of '82, Memorial Day Massacre of'85 and other series where the Celtics (when they were great, even happened last year when they sucked, and the reverse happened in '95 when they lost to Orlando by 49 in Game 1)would blow out a team in Game 1 and lose Game 2 and can't help but think that Sacramento is going to pull the upset even without Artest in Game 2. Someone someplace must keep a stat of what happens in Game 2 of a series after a 30 plus point blowout in Game 1, and I wouldn't be shocked if the team that won Game 1 in that situation only had a .500 record, which, for a home team in the NBA playoffs, is atrocious.
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    The Kings aren't the only team without a key player for the playoffs. Miami's Udonis Haslem also was suspended for one game for throwing his mouthpiece at an official during the Heat's 111-106 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Saturday.


Of course, some of that was simply Joey Crawford being Joey Crawford as well as...oh, who am I kidding, Haslem did a stupid stupid thing considering the fact that Miami's already a touch shorthanded for big man depth at the moment and this may force Miami's hand as far as bringing back Mourning before he's 100%.

Not to mention Wade likely isn't 100% for tonight with the calf injury. So all of the sudden Antoine Walker, who has been infuriating at times to watch this season, suddenly becomes the most important player on the roster for tonight's game. God help me.


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Hee hee. I knew there was a reason we traded the guy! I'd start getting used to seeing Artest getting suspended if I were you. God knows I was.



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    Hee hee. I knew there was a reason we traded the guy! I'd start getting used to seeing Artest getting suspended if I were you. God knows I was.
It's funny. Nobody on the Kings expected this, nobody on the Spurs expected this. But at least YOU expected this! :-P



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If it hadn't been blatant retaliation for an earlier accidental elbow and it hadn't been to the head, he may have gotten away with a fine. The real shame in all thisis that he is one hell of a baller.



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Ron had a Q&A with the Bee's Sam Amick yesterday:

http://www.sacbee.com/content/sports/basketball/kings/story/14247346p-15065001c.html

    SAN ANTONIO - Ron Artest strolled through a San Antonio mall Monday afternoon, surrounded by the chaos and cheer of the local celebration dubbed "Fiesta." But the Kings forward was in no mood for a party, having learned that morning he would miss Game 2 of the Kings-San Antonio first-round playoff series because of a league-issued suspension.

    Artest delivered an elbow to the face of Spurs guard Manu Ginobili in the third quarter of the Kings' Game 1 loss Saturday, a play that later was reviewed the league. Stu Jackson, NBA senior vice president of basketball operations, issued the one-game suspension.

    Artest, who went two days without speaking to the media and gave a short statement after Monday's practice without fielding any questions, discussed his suspension by phone with The Bee on Monday afternoon.

    Q: Good to talk to you again, Ron. How you doing?

    A: It's really, really disappointing. The good thing about it is we've got more games. I would've been really upset if it was like Game 4, or Game 7. I would've been really upset. I just look at it as, we've got more games left, and it's still a disappointment. It's disappointing for me, for Sacramento, for the whole organization.

    They're changing the game from how it was back in the days, back when the game was really hardcore. The game was so hardcore back when Larry Bird played and Bill Walton and those guys. Those guys were playing hard. Larry Bird, Michael Jordan, the Detroit Pistons. Those guys were playing flat-out hard and aggressive. And now, it's like they're changing the game. It's a new game. All the records that everybody's setting, like LeBron James and all these new stars, they're very good, but it's not like it was back in the day. All the scoring titles and everything; it's easier to score now. The whole game is so soft now.

    Q: Was that a payback shot (on Ginobili)?

    A: It wasn't even a payback shot. It was just like defensive aggressive awareness. I'm in the paint, and it's just, "You're not going to be into my lane." Both elbows were pulled back. I pulled them back so they wouldn't hit anybody, you know what I'm saying? I pulled it back because I'd seen (Spurs forward Tim Duncan) could've got hit with one of my elbows, so I made sure I didn't hit him. If anything, it was (an) over the back (foul on Artest) because I went aggressive for the ball over his back.

    Even with Ginobili, my arms were up the whole time. My arms went up first.

    Q: So you don't feel like you went headhunting?

    A: No, I wasn't headhunting. They said I was, but I wasn't. If I didn't have a history of doing (stuff) - that's why they didn't have to put me on the Olympic team and stuff like that. You know, it's like another good excuse ... to take things away from me that I've worked so hard to achieve. It's just more good excuses. I just think these people get together and try to team up on me. They're doing a good job.

    Q: Do you think things like the brawl last year have sped up the league's shift towards tightening up things?

    A: The game's changed a lot. You've got to adjust to the softer game now. It's very soft, but it's hard to understand what they're trying to accomplish with the changes in the game. I was watching a game on ESPN Classic today, and guys are fighting each other and stuff. Nobody got kicked out. That's a long time ago. And this is just a minor, minor, minor incident, and they could've given me a flagrant one and a fine, but they want to take a whole game. It's very disappointing.

    If it was a foul, then, yeah, it's cool. But it wasn't like I threw an elbow at him, and the referees were right there. I didn't throw no elbow. I spoke to Stu Jackson, and he told me he did it because of all my other problems that I had throughout my career.

    I'll be back. It's just not right, but I'll be back.




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In the sense that league play used to be a lot more physical than what's being allowed now, he actually has a point. Also the fact that I've seen worse fouls then what Artest has pulled either not called or not given the same sentence that Artest got.

Put it this way: if this was the standard by which players get suspended, Rick Mahorn wouldn't have lasted 10 minutes in the NBA. But it's pretty clear there's rules for Artest tighter than most others.

That all said, Artest ain't got nothin' on the elbows that Karl Malone used to throw.



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Arrrrrrrrrrrrgh 109-109, 4.0 seconds left, Shareef with the shot...........................shit.

Anyway, I still say KINGS IN 6 although that now means they'll have to take four in a row - not impossible - they STILL only have to win one at at&t.



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Kings by 3, under 10 seconds to go, Spurs have no time-outs left: Perhaps, and this is a crazy notion, the Kings shouldn't collapse the defense and leave Rick Barry's kid wide open for a 3 to tie the game. My blow-out win game 1/lose game 2 theory would have been proven if the Kings followed basic defense 101.
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