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Ron Artest suspended for one game, will sit out Friday's game

May 5, 2011 |  1:09 pm

Photo: Ron Artest walks off the court after being ejected in the second half of  Game 2 against Dallas on Wednesday night. Credit: Chris Pizzello / Associated Press Lakers forward Ron Artest will sit out Game 3 of the playoff series against the Dallas Mavericks because of a one-game suspension handed down by the NBA.

Artest was ejected from Game 2 with 24.4 seconds left after smacking Dallas guard Jose Barea in the face with his forearm. It was Artest's second technical foul of the game.

The Lakers will start either Lamar Odom or Matt Barnes in Artest's place Friday. Luke Walton might see his first playing time of the playoffs.

Artest will forfeit $57,476 in pay for the suspension. He had a strong start to the playoffs against New Orleans but has tailed off in the Western Conference semifinals against Dallas, averaging 6.5 points while making only five of 18 shots (27.8%).

Artest didn't exactly express remorse for his suspension, citing the need to "move forward" or "move on" no less than seven times in two minutes with reporters.

The Lakers trail the Mavericks, 2-0, in the best-of-seven series. Games 3 and 4 will be in Dallas.

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Photo: Ron Artest walks off the court after being ejected in the second half of  Game 2 against Dallas on Wednesday night. Credit: Chris Pizzello / Associated Press


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