Tony Allen Receives Dubious Suspension posted by Brad Hurt
The NBA has announced that Tony Allen will be forced to sit out the Grizzlies' game at Golden State on Wednesday as he serves a one-game suspension for his actions on Monday. Allen was assessed a Flagrant 2 Foul and ejected from Monday night's 106-102 road win over the Los Angeles Clippers for kicking Chris Paul in the face. The kick in my opinion was clearly inadvertent as Allen jumped and kicked his legs out in a defensive move against the driving Paul. Such a move is a fairly common part of today's NBA game and is a natural reaction. Players want to do all they can to impede the progress of the ballhandler and get the ball free. I don't think Tony said, "Hmmm...I think I'll kick Chris Paul in the face." Tony is one of the best defenders in the league and doesn't need to resort to cheap shots to get the job done. It was just a case of bad timing and an unfortunate accident. Paul is among the shortest players in the league. That is the only reason the blow landed where it did and made this an issue. I can see calling a Flagrant 1 because it's not an everyday occurrence, regardless of alleged intent, but a suspension seems a bit heavy-handed to me. Save that for thrown punches.
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