Monday , May , 14 , 2007 Oly Sandor

NBA Investigating San Antonio’s Bruce Bowen After Kneeing Steve Nash

The NBA is investigating San Antonio’s Bruce Bowen for kneeing Steve Nash during game three … Was the play dirty? … Will he face suspension? … And how will the Suns deal with the Spurs physical style?… Get this story here…

The NBA is investigating San Antonio forward Bruce Bowen for kneeing Phoenix guard Steve Nash in the groin during game three of the Western Conference semifinals.

This incident occurred two days after Phoenix forward Amare Stoudemire accused Bowen of intentionally kicking him during game two. Stoudemire also called Bowen a  “dirty” player.

In an interview with the San Antonio Express News, Bowen mentioned that him and Nash spoke right after the game three incident.

“I said to him, ‘Now, Steve, you know I didn’t try to knee you there,’ and he said, ‘Yeah, absolutely, Bruce,’ and we gave each other five."

In game three, the Suns were frustrated with the Spurs physical play. This frustration carried over to the post-game press conference, where Phoenix’s coach, Mike D’Antoni, walked out on reporters when questioned about San Antonio’s aggressive style.

One day later, D’Antonio had calmed down and was taking a more measured approach.

"Don’t quote me from [the podium]," he said. "I was out of my mind. I don’t even know what I meant." (ESPN)

He also refused to discuss the Bowen-Nash incident, but did talk about what the Suns need to do in game four.

"I’m not going to get into [Bowen’s knee] just because it doesn’t change anything, and we know how they want to play us. It’s going to be up to us to draw a line in the sand, and hey, let’s play."  (ESPN) 

"We’re going to have to take it to them. We’re going to have to be aggressive. We’re going to have to be smart with it. We’re going to have to be mentally tough, and that’s why they put champion beside your name if you can do that.” (ESPN)

The NBA will announce their findings from the investigation tonight before game four. Bowen could go unpunished if the league rules the incident an accident.

However, Bowen could also receive a fine, flagrant foul, or suspension if the NBA determines that his game three play was an intentional act.

Game four is scheduled for 9:30 (Eastern time) on Monday night. The Spurs currently lead the series 2-1.

More to come on this story….