April 24, 2006

Heat’s Haslem and Kings’ Artest each suspended for one game

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Miami Heat forward Udonis Haslem has
been suspended for one game without pay for throwing his
mouthpiece at an official, the NBA said on Monday.

Ron Artest of the Sacramento Kings has incurred the same
penalty for hitting San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili on
the head with his forearm.

The Haslem incident occurred with 4:11 remaining in the
fourth quarter of the Heat's 111-106 victory over the Chicago
Bulls on Saturday at American Airlines Arena in Miami.

Haslem, incensed that no foul had been called as he battled
with several Chicago Bulls for a rebound, tossed his mouthpiece
in the direction of referee Joey Crawford.

The six foot eight (2.03 meter) 235-pound (103-kg) forward
said he did not mean to throw it at Crawford, maintaining it
just bounced toward him.

Haslem will sit out game two of the best of seven Eastern
Conference series on Monday night.

Artest, who has a reputation for rough play, will miss
Tuesday night's game against the host Spurs for making "forearm
contact" to the head of Ginobili, the league said.

The episode occurred with 9:07 remaining in the third
period of the Spurs' 122-88 victory over the visiting Kings on
Saturday night.

San Antonio lead the best-of-seven Western Conference
series 1-0.