Heat's Haslem, Pittman suspended for Game 6

Posted: May 25, 2012

Heat forward Udonis Haslem has been suspended by the NBA for Game 6 of the Miami-Indiana series.

Haslem committed a flagrant foul against Indiana's Tyler Hansbrough during the second quarter of Game 5 on Tuesday night, shortly after Hansbrough struck Miami's Dwyane Wade and opened a cut over his right eye.

Haslem and Hansbrough were both assessed flagrant-1 fouls on the respective plays. If they were issued flagrant-2 fouls, they would have been ejected. Hansbrough's foul was upgraded Wednesday to a flagrant-2, but he's eligible to play in Game 6, while Haslem cannot.

Also Wednesday, Miami reserve forward Dexter Pittman was suspended three games for his flagrant foul against Indiana's Lance Stephenson late in Game 5. Pittman has played only six minutes in the playoffs.

Early Wednesday morning, Larry Bird called the Pacers soft. Players agreed with their team president.

Bird told the Indianapolis Star that he "can't believe my team went soft," making the comments not long after the Pacers lost in Game 5.

The Pacers practiced in Miami before flying home Wednesday. Indiana forward Danny Granger says the team got "beat up, we got bullied and we really didn't respond well" in Game 5.

Honors for LeBron

LeBron James garnered the most votes of any player as he highlighted the league's all-defensive first team.

Its the fourth straight appearance for the the Miami Heat forward and he is joined by forward Serge Ibaka of the Thunder, guards Chris Paul of the Clippers and Tony Allen of Memphis, and center the Magic's Dwight Howard.

James averaged 1.9 steals and 6.4 defensive rebounds to lead the Heat, who allowed the fourth-fewest points in the NBA this season while ranking third in forced turnovers and fifth in opponent field-goal percentage.

James received 24 first-team votes and 53 points from the league's 30 head coaches, who selected the first and second units by position and weren't permitted to vote for players on their team.

Knicks center Tyson Chandler made the NBA's all- defensive second team with guards Rajon Rondo of the Celtics and Kobe Bryant of the Lakers, and forwards Luol Deng of Chicago and Kevin Garnett of Boston.

Bosh remains out

Heat forward Chris Bosh ruled himself out of Thursday's Game 6. He's currently rehabbing from an abdominal strain suffered in Game 1 against the Pacers.

Dream Team schedule

The U.S. basketball team has yet to finalize a roster but it does know when it will begin play in London.

The Dream Team's first Olympic game will be against France on July 29, and then against Tunisia on July 31.

The next two preliminary-round games will be determined after FIBA qualifying concludes next month in Venezuela.

The defending gold medalists will finish the preliminary round against Argentina on Aug. 6. Sixers forward Andre Iguodala remains a hopeful for the final roster, which is to be set by July 7.

Sloan talking comeback

Longtime Utah Jazz head coach Jerry Sloan has expressed an interest in returning to coaching.

According to ESPN, he will interview this week with Charlotte and has interest in Orlando's vacancy. Sloan spent 23 seasons with Utah before he resigned in February of 2011.

-Inquirer Wire Services

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