Pacers, Heat could face consequences for flagrant fouls
The NBA could announce Wednesday whether there will be suspensions after three hard fouls in Tuesday night's playoff game between the Pacers and Heat. Miami won Game 5 with a blowout score of 115-83, but everyone is talking about the flagrant fouls and whether any players will get fined or suspended.
The Pacers were hammered in Miami and not just in the final score. There were some very hard fouls in the game. It started when Tyler Hansbrough was called for a flagrant foul against Dwayne Wade.
Moments later, Heat forward Udonis Haslem went right at Hansbrough with another flagrant foul.
Then before the game ended, Dexter Pittman elbowed Lance Stephenson in the throat.
"I think it could have been retaliation for the way I fouled Wade; I don't really know. I went for the ball, and Wade, I guess I hit him hard. It happens," said Hansbrough.
"They're responding to our physical play. LeBron James and D. Wade aren't the ones that are doing it so they're sending other people to do it...the pressure's on us now to get a win back at home," said Pacers center Roy Hibbert.
For the Pacers, aside from the hard fouls, their message is simple. A blowout doesn't equal two wins. In other words, Miami's big victory doesn't oust the Pacers from the playoffs. That can only happen Thursday night, and now the Pacers' backs are against the wall at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. They maintain they're a confident group ready to send the series back to Miami.
Meantime, two of the best players on the team are hurt. Danny Granger has a sprained ankle and David West has a sprained knee.
The Pacers' worst playoff loss in history triggered this reaction from team president Larry Bird. He told our partners at the Indianapolis Star, "I can't believe my team went soft. S-O-F-T. I'm disappointed. I never thought it would happen."