I want to go to sleep, so I'll get my take in quickly here.
Derek Fisher, for his forearm shiver to the upper body of Luis Scola:
Suspension, definitely. Obviously Fisher was looking to send a message to Scola, but he did so in the incorrect manner. Fish could have severely injured Scola with his cheap shot, as Scola was looking back to check the defensive position of the Lakers behind him. The hit took Scola by surprise, and the replay clearly showed Fisher looking over his shoulder to measure his hit on the Rockets' starting power forward.
At least a game suspension for Derek, I think.
Rafer Alston, for his slap to the back of Eddie House's head:
It was certainly out of line, but it's not as if House could have been injured during the incident. House shrugged Alston off after nailing the three, and overcelebrated a little, so Alston's frustration seemed warranted.
Still, a slap to the back of the head isn't the way to go about it. A suspension wouldn't surprise me, but I think a hefty fine would suffice.
Kobe Bryant, for his elbow of Ron Artest under the boards:
No suspension. It was a little bit of a cheap shot, but nothing like Fisher's or Dwight Howard's in Orlando's first round series. Kobe and Artest were jockeying for position down low, and that stuff happens sometimes down there.
Nonetheless, Kobe deserves a small fine. Artest got a raw deal from the officials in game two.
Ron Artest, for his verbal instigation of Kobe Bryant.
Well, he got tossed from the game for it, and I'd say that's enough. As Ron said in his postgame interview, it "should have been a technical foul." Though, given the chippiness of the preceding Fisher/Scola situation, I can understand the officials' perspective.
No suspension here.
I'll tell you one thing:
The rest of the Lakers/Rockets series is going to be one hell of a ride.
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