Birdman Suspended for Game 6 Against the Pacers June 01, 2013 11:09
Chris "The Birdman" Anderson has been suspended for game 6 between the Miami Heat and the Indiana Pacers, after the NBA ruled that he should have been given a flagrant 2 foul for his display of aggression towards Tyler Hansbrough in game 5.
In the second quarter of game 5, Anderson shoved Hansbrough in the chest, and was only given a flagrant 1 foul for the incident.
In an official press release from the NBA:
"Miami Heat forward Chris Andersen has been suspended one game without pay and had his Flagrant Foul One upgraded to a Flagrant Foul Two, it was announced today by Stu Jackson, NBA Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations.
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 incident occurred with 9:02 remaining in the second quarter of Miami's 90-79 win over the Pacers at AmericanAirlines Arena"
The Heat went on to win game 5 90 - 79, and now hold a 3 - 2 series lead against the Pacers. Questions were raised right after the game about why The Birdman was allowed to play on in the game, when Nazr Mohammad was ejected from the game in the Bulls - Heat series, after he pushed LeBron James in a similar incident.
Anderson will miss a crucial game 6 for the Heat, which will either see them with the Eastern Conference Finals, or heading into a game 7 with the Pacers.
Check out the original incident below: