In Game 6 of the first round series between the Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors, Jermaine O’Neal suffered a bone bruise in his right knee after Glen Davis launched himself into O’Neal’s leg.
O’Neal stopped just short of Davis’ tackle “dirty,” but said it’s hard to believe it was unintentional. It’s certainly not a basketball play. Davis is looking at his target, O’Neal’s legs, and then propels himself to the spot which has probably cost O’Neal the rest of his career.
GS C Jermaine O’Neal is expected to take his time deciding whether to keep playing or retire. Still loves game but yearns to be with family.
— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) May 5, 2014
So the question has to be asked: Why was Davis not suspended? He literally injured a player and got nothing.
Meanwhile, Zach Randolph was suspended one game for what can best be described as a closed fist shove to Steven Adams.
Nene Hilario headbutted Jimmy Butler and held his neck with both hands, refusing to let go, and also got a one game suspension.
How in the world are the suspensions of Hilario and Randolph equal?
Are Steven Adams and Glen Davis allowed to hit guys and swing around their elbows without punishment because those are their primary skill as basketball players?
These are questions I don’t have the answer to but I do think they are worthy of discussion going forward since the issue of physical play will remain pertinent during the playoffs. – AL
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