LOS ANGELES – The NBA has suspended Ron Artest(notes) for Friday's Game 3 of the Los Angeles Lakers' Western Conference semifinal series with the Dallas Mavericks after the Lakers forward hit Mavericks guard J.J. Barea(notes) in the face Wednesday night.
The incident occurred in the closing seconds of Game 2 when Artest stalked Barea from across the court and swung his right arm at the Mavs guard, hitting him flush in the face. Artest received his second technical of the game and was immediately ejected.
The Lakers were expecting the suspension.
"It was uncalled for," Lakers coach Phil Jackson said of Artest's foul.
The league also classified Artest's hit as a flagrant two foul. If Artest receives another two flagrant points in the playoffs – via either a flagrant two foul or two flagrant ones – he will be suspended for another game.
The suspension further weakens the Lakers as they head to Dallas trailing the Mavericks 2-0 in the series. Only three teams in NBA history have everRead More »from NBA suspends Artest for Game 3