Derek Fisher, but not Kobe Bryant, likely suspended for Game 3... plus Ron Artest video
I wrote last night after the LA's 111-98 win over the Rockets in Game 2 that I thought it was coming for Derek Fisher, and it looks like I was right. Reports the LAT's Mike Bresnahan:
Fisher will probably be suspended for Game 3 of the best-of-seven series Friday in Houston.
Better news regarding Kobe Bryant, who caught Ron Artest with an elbow in the fourth quarter as the two were jostling for position under the Lakers' glass causing Ron Ron to get riled riled up up and tossed tossed after blazing across halfway up the floor to protest the move to Kobe on a more, um, personal level. There was concern that letter of the law interpretation of the play would earn Kobe a suspension as well, but ESPN.com's Chris Sheridan wrote today that additional replays show Bryant may not have hit Artest in the neck, but rather the "upper chest." The league, reports Bresnahan, seems to agree:
All things considered, that's about as good as the news is going to get on this one. And fair, too. Kobe shouldn't miss Friday's game, and neither should Artest.
As for Fish, I think a game is warranted. The play is below the jump. Also, you MUST watch the Ron Artest postgame video, included down there as well. It's 100% Artesteriffic! An early Christmas for media, fans, and lovers of sound bites.