Miami’s Chris Andersen Suspended for Game 6
The Miami Heat will be without Chris Andersen for Game 6 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Saturday. The NBA announced late Friday that Andersen’s foul on Tyler Hansbrough away from the ball has been upgraded to a flagrant-2 foul and he’s suspended one game without pay.
The altercation occurred with 9:02 remaining in the second quarter. As the ball was already pushed up the court, Andersen first lowered his shoulder for a blindsided cheap shot into Hansbrough. Then, after the two bumped chests at the foul line, Andersen shoved Hansbrough with two hands and “resisted efforts to bring the altercation to an end.” Andersen had to be restrained all the way to mid-court by official Marc Davis before Miami’s team security cooled him down.
Following the in-game review, the officials gave Andersen a flagrant-1 and Hansbrough a technical foul. The league has since rescinded Hansbrough’s technical, saving him $2,000.
Hansbrough wasn’t sure what motivated Andersen for the unnecessary hit.
“I don’t know why he did it,” he said in the locker room following the Pacers’ 90-79 loss. “We’ll leave it at that.”
When asked Friday afternoon for his take on the incident, Pacers coach Frank Vogel held back his feelings.
“I did look at the tape, and I have no thoughts I’m willing to share with the media,” he said.
Last postseason when these two teams met in the semifinals, Udonis Haslem and Dexter Pittman (no longer with the team) missed Game 6 in Indianapolis after flagrant fouls in Game 5 on Hansbrough and Lance Stephenson, respectively.
Andersen, better known for his nickname, “The Birdman,” has made all 15 of his shots in this series and 18 straight going back to the semifinals.
Andersen was not made available for comment after Game 5 or during Friday’s media availability.