Chris Andersen Suspended: Birdman Grounded for Game 6 after Shoving Tyler Hansbrough
The NBA has announced that Chris Anderson is suspended for Game 6 following his antics last night in a dust up with Tyler Hansbrough. This was to be expected both by anyone who watched the game and anyone who saw David Stern’s comments on the matter earlier today.
As Brian Windhorst notes, this now makes two years running that a Heat player will miss a Game 6 against the Pacers for hitting Hansbrough. He’s just got one of those faces, I guess.
In case you forgot. Heat’s Udonis Haslem was suspended for Game 6 vs. Pacers last year. Also for a hit on Tyler Hansbrough.
— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) May 31, 2013
According to Howard Beck, the league says that the suspension was levied because Andersen ”knocked Indiana Pacers forward Tyler Hansbrough to the floor, escalated the altercation by shoving Hansbrough, and resisted efforts to bring the altercation to an end.”
The league also rescinded the technical foul that was given to Hansbrough at the time.
Dan Devine’s got the scoop on Tyler’s take.
Asked for comment on the suspension, Tyler Hansbrough breathed heavily with his jaw slack for three straight minutes. — Dan Devine (@YourManDevine) May 31, 2013
In more serious news …For reasons highlighted by Pacers.com’s Scott Agness, this is good news for Indiana.
Chris “Birdman” Andersen hasn’t missed a shot against the Pacers this series. He’s 15-for-15, and made 18-straight going back to semifinals. — Scott Agness (@ScottAgness) May 31, 2013
Then again, Indiana’s offense, specifically the play of Roy Hibbert, has actually been better when Birdman has played.
Really, though, the best take on the matter came from Steve Aschburner.
— Steve Aschburner (@AschNBA) May 31, 2013
Now, that, son, is sensational Photoshop’ing.