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Zach Randolph suspended for Game 7.

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So dont suspend Paul George

So dont suspend Paul George for breaking the rules, but Suspend Z Bo for a light hit??? Man the bad boys are laughing. The NBA definetly wants the stars in the playoffs, not star less teams like Memphis and Atlanta

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What?

WHAT????? What the hell is this shit I wanted to see a competitive game 7. Way to ruin one of the best series' of all time NBA. George better be suspended after this.

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tisk tisk tisk

This is so horrible. Paul George shouldn't be suspended in my opinion, but if Z-Bo is Paul George should be as well. It is unfortunate b/c it seriously hurts the Game 7 tomorrow. It does seem like a little favoring towards star players, but what else is new. What is honestly the most disappointing is the NBA should recognize the impact of this suspension, being in a Game 7 and let it slide...along with the Paul George incident, which apparently IS going to be ignored. The NBA can not be wishy washy, but C'MON!!!

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damn after seeing the play

damn after seeing the play it's a no brainer.big blow to memphis .if conley can't play either there done

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If you are talking about the

If you are talking about the slow motion replay you have to keep in mind that changing the speed of the video can be very misleading when determining the severity of a foul like this one. It was obviously not the right reaction by Z-bo but I can't help but think a game 7 suspension is a bit harsh for what looks like a poorly executed push.

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The slow mo up close replay

The slow mo up close replay shows a closed fist that first makes contact with the jaw. It might not have been a cock back full punch, but it was more a punch then a shove.

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Conley says he expects to

Conley says he expects to play 2morrow...Hearing Z Bo's suspension is tough.It'll give Johnson & Davis more minutes,they cant replace Z Bo's scoring..But Memphis need their athleticism & energy upfront......

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That's extremely

That's extremely unfortunate...And yes, the NBA needs the stars to play in the 2nd round for marketing and revenue reasons

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Adams

Does anyone else share my love for Steven Adams? lol

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YES

+1 for you

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Yeah, OKC and LA Clippers

Yeah, OKC and LA Clippers would be the DREAM second round matchup.

I am also beginning to think that Heat/Clippers could be a bigger Finals coup than Heat/Thunder. More fans in the LA area, and the Sterling story is really big right now.

Since the league wants a new ownership group they would want to get the value of the Clippers as high as possible.

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Randolph was an idiot. also,

Randolph was an idiot.

also, nobody should compare this to Paul George.

Randolph punched a guy.

PG took a couple steps and didnt do anything. he barely stepped over the line.

Also, Adams sure knows how to get under peoples skin lol. this is his 4th or 5th incident like this.

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What Professional Basketball Needs

Professional basketball needs a third-party independent organization much like FIFA to handle sanctions and regulations. It has become clear that the NBA is corrupt much like the NFL and at one point the MLB. It does not make sense that the people who stand to benefit the most from corruption are the ones who investigate league corruption. The joining under one association globally would also standardize rules of the game and would allow international players to make easier transitions to the NBA if they pleased.

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I fully intended to click

I fully intended to click this thread with my finger on the negative button for making something up. Can't believe they suspended him.

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I think Z Bo HAS to be suspended.

Watch the video. It wasn't a push, it was a closed fist. Even though it wasn't Z Bo's "Sunday Punch", It was a hard enough blow to knock Adams off stride. You can't have NBA players hitting each other. Z Bo's suspension was a no brainer (as was his hitting Adams in the first place).

The Paul George situation is a tough one. I could see it both ways. On one hand, George did take one step on to the court, which by the letter of the rule, is a suspension. On the other hand, it was only one step, and George didn't come anywhere near contacting any opposing player.

I think they will do something to clean up the rule in the offseason, and allow for some flexibility in how the rule is applied. But, the way the rule is written now, George probably should be suspended (but likely won't be).

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Van Gundys comments

Jeff Van Gundy is making some interesting comments saying that Z-Bo shouldn't be suspended. I disagree...I think he had to go for 1 game. It's stupidity on Randolphs end because it's the playoffs and history is littered with bonehead plays that lead to suspensions (and ultimately cost their team a series).

Stephen Adams is one frustrating cat though. He's a kiwi so they make them tough down there, so it's no suprise he wasn't phased by Z-bo's "punch".

Adams plays fair, but he's just a hard, bruising type that gets under the skin of opposition. I really like him.

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I hope Memphis & ATL still

I hope Memphis & ATL still win.

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I saw it live and thought

I saw it live and thought immediately it was a punch and he would be suspended. And lol at blaming the league, zbo is the idiot here. Leave that tough guy stuff for the reg season, playoffs your team needs you.

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can that even be called a

can that even be called a 'punch'?

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Z-Bo deserved to be

Z-Bo deserved to be suspended, Paul George is a harder one, he broke the rules but didn't actually get involved. I'm happy with the disciplinary process being flexible as long as it has no baring on who the player is, lets say KD would be treated exactly the same as a team mate for example Haseem Thabeet.

Maybe any player stepping onto court from the bench is also removed from the current game it happened in - not sure if this is already in the rules or not.

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Game 7s

While I understand the league's reasoning behind their decision to suspend Zach Randolph for game 7, I believe that anybody should be suspended for game 7s- for any series. As a fan, I want to see both teams play up to full strength in order to maintain competitive balance between the two teams vying to compete in the second round of the NBA Playoffs. How can there be a competitive balance between the two teams if the other missing a key piece on their roster; their number 1 option in the post? You can't come up to me and say that with all the emotions, tremendous pressure and intesity that's put into these games alone aren't a factor into a player's actions on the court. They have been working for this moment all year long ever since training camp started, through 82 games and many more practices and you take that all away because he made a bad decision that lasted a few seconds?

If it were up to me, I'd take that suspension and turn it into a fine and/or a suspension on next season's regular season game instead.

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Interesting point by Cha, I

Interesting point by Cha, I can see the logic in this but what if players started commiting fragrant fouls in game 6 knowing they would get a free pass into game 7. If the team progressed then maybe ban said player for first match of next play off series but if it was play off finals then it creates all sorts of possible issues.

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NBA

Well, the NBA has been labeled as 'soft' for a number of years now because of Stern's strict and sometimes unfair decisions. While, I won't argue that teams should be allowed fight one another on the court because it was 'better' and that it was the way it went down in the 90's, the NBA's golden era. I would say that there are other ways in order to maintain the game 'clean' not just with suspensions. I just don't see the rationale behind the decision of suspending a player- role player or superstar, being made so swiftly and without much reasoning. Maybe if that player as you mentioned created issues with this rule by abusing it through reptitive actions that resulted from getting into altercations or escalating the situation- may be then the NBA should consider suspending him. I just feel like right now, the NBA is just trying to lay down a foundation for all players that if you want to do something that would ruin the league's image, you're going to be punished promptly without hesitation. I think that all these 'altercations' were all just used by league in order to set an example for the other 29 teams and by no means is it just or fair.

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Randolph may have screwed

Randolph may have just screwed his team's chances. What a moron, he knows if even you sneeze you'll get a technical and he should know better.

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So people are crying because

So people are crying because a punch in the jaw after a play is being penalized and a couple steps on to the court are not? Just take a step back, rules or no rules, and try to see how that makes sense. One is a blatant violation of sportsmanlike conduct that could hurt a guy and another just flirts with a rule that could probably be enforced a lot more often, precedent or no precedent. Maybe George did deserve a suspension. I think strongly that he did not but, regardless of whether he did or not, you can't say that a cheap shot to the jaw that was neither during a basketball play or even a fight does not warrant a suspension.

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