Matt Barnes' flagrant foul on Dirk Nowitzki rescinded
A flagrant foul Type 1 given to Lakers forward Matt Barnes during the Lakers' 73-70 victory Monday over the Dallas Mavericks was rescinded by the league.
Lakers Coach Mike Brown announced the news at the Lakers' All-Access event Tuesday night, which featured several Laker players and Brown speaking on a panel at Staples Center emceed by Lakers' play-by-play announcer Bill Macdonald.
"I got an e-mail today from Stu Jackson," Brown said referring to the NBA's executive vice president of basketball operations in charge of player discipline. "They downgraded Matt's flagrant 1 foul to just a foul yesterday. That was not a flagrant foul."
The TNT announcers disagreed. Moments after Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki drove into the lane, Barnes extended both of his arms toward Nowitzki's shoulders.
"It's gotta be flagrant," TNT analyst Steve Kerr said.
"Right to the shoulders, above the face," analyst Reggie Miller chimed in.
The play hardly proved to have much significance on the game. Nowitzki made one of two free throws to cut the Lakers' lead to 43-40 with 9:18 remaining in the third quarter. On the next possession, Lakers center Andrew Bynum swiped Delonte West's pass.
Still, such a foul results in a minimum fine of $1,000. According to NBA rules, a flagrant foul Type 1 is given for "unnecessary contact" and gives the opposing team two free throws and possession. A flagrant foul Type 2 considers the foul having both "unnecessary and excessive contact," resulting in an automatic ejection as well as the two free throws and possession for the other team. Accumulating two flagrant foul 1s in the same game also results in an automatic ejection.
Barnes somewhat sarcastically said, "I don't do stuff like that." But he's developed a well-known reputation for playing chippy at times. He earned a flagrant foul in a preseason games against the Clippers when he pushed Blake Griffin to the floor as soon as he received an entry pass in the lane. Barnes at the Lakers' All-Access event attributed his background as a former letterman wide receiver at Del Campo High School in Fair Oaks, Calif., as the reason for his physical play.
"It's not because I'm mean; it's because I love contact," Barnes said. "I kind of play football on the basketball court, if you haven't recognized by now."
-- Mark Medina
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