Roundtable: Testy playoff incidents raise specter of NBA suspensions
The NBA playoffs got downright nasty Wednesday night with three incidents that found their way to the desk of league disciplinary czar Stu Jackson. On Thursday afternoon, the league announced Orlando's Rafer Alston and the Lakers' Derek Fisher would each be suspended for a game and that Kobe Bryant would be assessed a flagrant foul. SI.com's NBA experts weigh in on how they feel the league should have handled each of the participants.
Anyway, Alston absolutely deserves a suspension. You can't just whack someone across the back of the head like that. Unless it's a teammate and you're an overly exuberant Kevin Garnett, who has slapped several of his guys at least that hard through the years. Even though House's headband isn't the super thick-and-thirsty model worn nowadays by Brian Scalabrine for concussion protection, I've got to think Alston's slap was more insult than injury. But that's worth sitting him out a game, because more melees in this league get sparked by insults than injuries anyway. (I do have to admit, though, that I flashed back to my late dad's preferred form of discipline from way back when -- seeing a good head slap has the same misty-eyed effect on me as watching Kevin Costner say, "You wanna have a catch?")