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Thursday, May 5th, 2011 at 5:07 pm  |  18 responses

Ron Artest Suspended for Game 3 vs Dallas


No surprise here, as Artest receives the obligatory 1-game slap on the wrist from the League, forcing the Lakers to do something they rarely do (shuffle lineups): “As Phil Jackson expected, Ron Artest was suspended for 1 game for his 4th Q blow to J.J. Barea’s head. He’s out of Game 3. We’d expect Matt Barnes to get the start, while Luke Walton and particularly Kobe should see action at small forward … Phil Jackson does not like going away from his usual big man rotations, so this shouldn’t affect Odom’s role behind Bynum/Gasol … Phil Jackson, in a jovial mood, said he wouldn’t tell us who he’d start for Artest until he has to tomorrow.”

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  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/other-ballers/international/2010/03/flight-75-dc-to-moscow/ Mitya

    if they don’t win both games in Dallas, it’s over

  • http://www.bulls.com Rigo Gonzalez

    ^LOL

  • http://gasolsmellsliketuna.com jbn74sb

    Can Gasol be suspended too? I don’t believe the NBA lets women play.

  • rich

    jbn is roasting lol for a guy who isnt the most physical masculine player guarding dirk is very frustrating. his length does nothing to affect his shot bcause he fades away off one leg, he has a surprisingly quick first step and a good traditional post game to go with it. some defenders can bully him around, but pau aint one of them. it could be demoralizing him offensively, he could play better without his home crowd booing him though so ill be waiting for game 3

  • floe

    This might just work in favor of the Lakers. I can see them doing better playing Bynum, Gasol and Odom in the same line up.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/other-ballers/international/2010/03/flight-75-dc-to-moscow/ Mitya

    y’all keep blaming it all on Gasol, but wasn’t he also that got them into the Finals when he first arrived, and then also helped win those back-to-back titles?
    I think their biggest problem is that Kobe hasn’t been quite as dominant lately, something just broke down there

  • Bruno

    stop with all the Gasol got the Lakers into the finals, we all know that but right now he’s playing like a damn coward, he just needs to step up

  • hoodsnake

    I guess Kobe won’t be sayin,”I got one more than Steve Kerr!” this season?

  • GGG

    Ron Ron is a Dumb Dumb….just when you think he has started to mature <> stupidity prevails….so frustrating

  • mj23

    leave ron alone he has some problems he is not dumb it is mental problem

  • http://slamonline.com Fut.

    Mental problems don’t mean nothing on the court. If you can go out there and play, you are the same as the other 9 on the court. It was a DUMB move. Clothesline after someone else fouls him BEFORE half-court. Definition of unnecessary.

  • mj23

    mean they mean like agresivnes or something ron ron has that problem over his whole carrer ye its dumb but you cant blame him you should fell bad for him

  • Hambone

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    Shannonbrown>mattbarns.org

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    ^ eye dew feel bad four him. Artest is the only Laker that eye actually “like”. Butt eye dew feel bad that he was suspended, butt lets face it, its time four someone else to git the ring..

  • Hambone

    Ahoodafukamakiddindaygettinswept.net

  • GGG

    Mental Illness & Frustration does not equal Clothesline leading to team suspension. There is a choice and if he doesnt have it, then he is a danger to all on the court and should not be playing.

    You dont see Gasol tackling Dirk and getting ejected…could be a game plan if all else fails though!

  • neaorin

    see, I knew Stern will do anything in his power to help the Lakers out…

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