Miami’s Haslem suspended, misses Game 2
New York, NY (Sports Network) – Miami Heat forward Udonis Haslem was suspended
for Monday’s quarterfinal contest against Chicago without pay for throwing his
mouthpiece at an official.
Haslem was ejected in the second quarter of Game 1 for throwing his
mouthpiece in the direction of referee Joe Crawford.
The Heat won the game, 111-106.
Haslem was going for a rebound and got tangled up with Chicago’s Andres
Nocioni under the Bulls’ basket with 4:11 left in the half. Haslem tumbled to
the floor, and obviously upset a foul wasn’t called, removed his mouthpiece
and threw it at the legs of Crawford.
Crawford immediately called a double-technical on Haslem, who was sent to the
tunnel leading to the locker room.
The Florida product’s presence was missed in Game 2, however Miami still won
its second consecutive quarterfinal contest, 115-108, over the Bulls on
“We missed his effort, his rebounding and his defense,” said Miami head coach
Pat Riley. “We were able to open up the floor a bit more, and I think they
made up for his absence.”