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Not From Madison

United States

#1 May 16, 2007
Same thing happened to the Knicks with the firght against Miami years back. I dont feel bad for the Suns at all. How about playing some defense Phoenix. Then you wont have to worry about anything
daniel

Tempe, AZ

#2 May 16, 2007
Tim Duncan left his seat earlier in the game when a foul was committed, so I think that he should be suspended too if "This rule is clear and you get suspended regardless of what the circumstances are."
Mark

Scotch Plains, NJ

#3 May 16, 2007
You leave the bench during an altercation. You got suspended.

How hard is that to get? Its a firm rule.
christina

Manila, Philippines

#4 May 16, 2007
I totally agree that its unfair to suspend the two players at the same time.
I now truly believe that the Spurs are "dirty".
I am sure horry, obviously learned that dirty trick from the his former team Lakers.
If the Spurs continue defending their dirty players Bowen, Horry and Parker for hurting Nash, then we should all say Shame on you Tim and Pop for letting these players harm the Spurs name and reputation.

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Since: Dec 06

New York, New York

#5 May 16, 2007
Unfortunately, over the past 18 years, the teams that play "dirty" usually end up winning the championship...

“Is It Football Season Yet?!!”

Since: Apr 07

DC

#6 May 16, 2007
Phuk David Stern, phuk Stu Jackson, phuk San Antonio, and phuk everyone else you thinks this was a warranted suspension! Are the Suns cursed or what?! Every postseason it's something! Well, there's nothing left to do except hope that EVERYONE steps up tonight and smacks the Spurs in their collective mouths! A cornered animal is always the most dangerous and we've been put in this precarious position by the NBA and the San Antonio's underhanded tactics. LET'S MAN UP AND GET THIS WIN AND SHOW THE WORLD THAT NOTHING CAN STOP OUR RUN TO THE RING!!!!!!!!!!
Dindo

United States

#7 May 16, 2007
The rule should be changed. It should be: whoever jumps in on the altercation should get the suspension and not whoever just stands up, even if there was intent. Amare and Boris never got past 6 feet from the bench. I'd say make the NBA work and review the videoes and use better judgment. I hope the fans in US airways center tonight would go absolutely nuts and rock the center. The spurs and their idiot fans should be ashamed. "StoudeWhiner"? screw you!!
jade

Los Angeles, CA

#8 May 16, 2007
Robert Horry is a cheap shot mofo! It is too bad that Spurs can not win on talent, they have to play dirty - I hope someone takes Horry out the Suns beat their ass!
Brownie

Brooklyn, NY

#9 May 16, 2007
Mark wrote:
You leave the bench during an altercation. You got suspended.
How hard is that to get? Its a firm rule.
The why are Duncan and Bowen not suspended for the earlier Francisco Elsen Play. Rules are rules. They apply to everyone not just one team. Both of them stepped on the floor also.
Sue - New York

United States

#10 May 16, 2007
I was enjoying that game until the body check. Your suggestion comes closest to anything I've heard that remotely sounds fair. I think, beginning in Kindergarden, you learn that the aggressor should be punished more harshly than the victim; otherwise what's to stop the next Horry from committing the next flagrant foul to further antaganize opponents and further benefit the Spurs? It seems a small price for the Spurs to pay. By the way, I think the slam against the scoring table also cost Nash 2 out of the 4 subsequent freethrows.
Proud Spurs Fan

San Antonio, TX

#11 May 16, 2007
Robert Horry walked away after the body check, it was over...
Untill the Suns bench tried to go after him. That is exactly why the rule is in place and the NBA made the right call.

Can you imagine what could of happened if the NBA allowed the rule to be set aside before this incindent. Then the coaches would not have pushed the Suns players off the court, they would have charged the Spurs and got their asses kicked. That is exactly what the NBA is trying to make clear.
The rule is very clear, unless your from Phoenix.
Go SPURS Go
Drew

Kent, OH

#12 May 16, 2007
First of all Ken, who says life is always fair? Case in point: the situation with the Phoenix Suns' Amare Stoudamire and Boris Diaw being suspended for Game 5 of their series against the San Antonio Spurs. They deserved a suspension just on stupidity alone. No one else on their bench crossed that line and approached center court, where the scuffle between Robert Horry and Raja Bell took place. Know the rule! Ignorance is bliss, as they say.

Let me preface this by saying that I'm not a Spurs' fan at all. In fact, I'm a life long Los Angeles Lakers' fan. That said, I'm sick and tired of all these Suns' apologists that seem to have forgotten the bench rule regarding potential fights. It's very simple Ken: you can legislate laws, but you cannot legislate what's in one's heart, as the late, great Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. so gracefully put it. In other words, how do you know if those players coming off the bench onto the court are doing so as peace makers or as trouble makers that could further inflame the situation? The answer: you don't know, so why take a chance. It's safe to say however, that Stoudamire and Diaw were not leaving the bench to make dinner reservations with Robert Horry.

In conclusion, perhaps, as the sun sets on these Suns' chances of winning a world championship at long last, they'll think twice about paying better attention to detail. Sometimes, you must learn the hard way before you reach salvation. I suspect that this will be a very painful, but necessary lesson for Steve Nash, Bell, Stoudamire, Diaw and their arrogant coach and myopic owner to learn. Then again, I cannot think of more deserving than these people. My advice to them is for them to enjoy making it this far into the playoffs, because after this season, it will be their last long playoff run in a very long, long time. Can you say solar eclipse?
Selwyn

Kent, OH

#13 May 16, 2007
Let me enlighten all of you San Antonio Spurs haters: Tim Duncan did step onto the floor. However, and again however, he did not do so during an obvious scuffle between two other players.

Duncan simply reacted to one of the Suns' players landing awkwardly on one of his teammates. If you idiots bothered to look at the video again, you would have been able to deduce that simple fact for yourselves, instead of crying like some punk-ass bitches in heat!
Carrie

Kent, OH

#14 May 16, 2007
The only regret I had was that Robert Horry didn't throw Steve Nash all the way through the boards. Who knows, it might have improved the so-called MVP's looks?
Mike - FL

Lincolnshire, IL

#15 May 16, 2007
NBA got it wrong this time around. I understand the rule but it's too broad to the fact that Stern can use it how he wants. Rule states you cannot leave the vicinity of the bench. They need to define that within feet or something. Diaw caught himself and ran back, Stoudamire was just a couple feet further then went back. It's been a rough and tough series where your seeing 2 teams battling it out. I'm a huge suns fan, but I thought no one should be suspended. Maybe Horry should have been suspended or they could have just fined him for the hit. Stern might have changed the outcome of a great series that everyone has tuned into watch and has your ratings going up.
Suns Fan

United States

#16 May 16, 2007
Drew wrote:
First of all Ken, who says life is always fair? Case in point: the situation with the Phoenix Suns' Amare Stoudamire and Boris Diaw being suspended for Game 5 of their series against the San Antonio Spurs. They deserved a suspension just on stupidity alone. No one else on their bench crossed that line and approached center court, where the scuffle between Robert Horry and Raja Bell took place. Know the rule! Ignorance is bliss, as they say.
Let me preface this by saying that I'm not a Spurs' fan at all. In fact, I'm a life long Los Angeles Lakers' fan. That said, I'm sick and tired of all these Suns' apologists that seem to have forgotten the bench rule regarding potential fights. It's very simple Ken: you can legislate laws, but you cannot legislate what's in one's heart, as the late, great Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. so gracefully put it. In other words, how do you know if those players coming off the bench onto the court are doing so as peace makers or as trouble makers that could further inflame the situation? The answer: you don't know, so why take a chance. It's safe to say however, that Stoudamire and Diaw were not leaving the bench to make dinner reservations with Robert Horry.
In conclusion, perhaps, as the sun sets on these Suns' chances of winning a world championship at long last, they'll think twice about paying better attention to detail. Sometimes, you must learn the hard way before you reach salvation. I suspect that this will be a very painful, but necessary lesson for Steve Nash, Bell, Stoudamire, Diaw and their arrogant coach and myopic owner to learn. Then again, I cannot think of more deserving than these people. My advice to them is for them to enjoy making it this far into the playoffs, because after this season, it will be their last long playoff run in a very long, long time. Can you say solar eclipse?
Maybe. but I am quite certain the Suns threw a beatdown of your Lakers. again.
Possibly the Spurs too, if not for dirty Horry. I can say this, the spurs have their MVP for the playoff semis. I sure hope he gets a big fat bonus check.. for almost ensuring a championship ring.
Proud Spurs Fan

San Antonio, TX

#17 May 16, 2007
HELLO MIKE IN FLORIDA

I think the defining moment is when they get up and charge to mid-court. You people act as if all they did was accidently step one foot on the court while they were just standing there. Stoudamire did not just go back the asst. coaches had to push BOTH OF THEM off the court. Are there tv's in Florida.

As far as who should have been suspended all 3 of them, and they did. Horry did het suspended for games 6 and 7 and thrown out of the last 18 seconds of game 4 at home. I think all the players involved got the message of the NBA loud and clear.

Go SPURS Go
Proud Spurs Fan

San Antonio, TX

#18 May 16, 2007
Mike - FL wrote:
NBA got it wrong this time around. I understand the rule but it's too broad to the fact that Stern can use it how he wants. Rule states you cannot leave the vicinity of the bench. They need to define that within feet or something. Diaw caught himself and ran back, Stoudamire was just a couple feet further then went back. It's been a rough and tough series where your seeing 2 teams battling it out. I'm a huge suns fan, but I thought no one should be suspended. Maybe Horry should have been suspended or they could have just fined him for the hit. Stern might have changed the outcome of a great series that everyone has tuned into watch and has your ratings going up.
We are very proud of our spurs. They are not a dirty team or a nasty playing team! We as a community are as upset as you are, in reference to Robert Horry's actions in game 4. As a city 90% of us are ashamed of Horry's actions, but get over it...
The NBA made the right call, a rule is a rule! The coaches were shown pushing the 2 players in question back off the court, what more evidence do you need to prove they were aware of the consiquences? As for the question of the 2nd quarter, there was no confrontaion, the Spurs players were simply checking to make sure their team-mate was ok, as the Suns did in game 1 when Nash and Parker ran into each other. You have to admit it may not be fair, but rules are rules. San Antonio is not whining about Horry being ejected, or being suspended for game 6 and 7.

If you ask me I think Robert Horry may have even made the biggest shot in his career...There is no doubt this gives us the edge, and isn't that what you want in the NBA FINALS?

You guys should learn how to compose the role models of Phoenix. Did you hear the language they used coming off the floor in SA, and you say they are a great team? If the Phoenix Suns would have stayed calm and collected they would have their 2 starters playing tonight.

The point is, it's their own falt for running on the floor and trying to get in the middle of something they had nothing to do with.

When you play in the NBA finals and don't expect physical toughness to be part of a game, you should not be playing at all!!!

Go SPURS Go
Suns Fan

United States

#19 May 16, 2007
Mike - FL wrote:
NBA got it wrong this time around. I understand the rule but it's too broad to the fact that Stern can use it how he wants. Rule states you cannot leave the vicinity of the bench. They need to define that within feet or something. Diaw caught himself and ran back, Stoudamire was just a couple feet further then went back. It's been a rough and tough series where your seeing 2 teams battling it out. I'm a huge suns fan, but I thought no one should be suspended. Maybe Horry should have been suspended or they could have just fined him for the hit. Stern might have changed the outcome of a great series that everyone has tuned into watch and has your ratings going up.
I think I've read it somewhere, but I read that it is supposed to be: No one is to leave the bench area farther than 25 feet. Is this right?
tchen

Nanchang, China

#20 May 16, 2007
After all the flopping rehearsals that Nash had gone through, he finally got the chance to put on the real show. Sadly, his overacting seems to have backfired on him. Amare and Diaw out.

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