At first look it appears Metta World Peace or Ron Artest had a very cheap shot in the Los Angles and Oklahoma City game. However, Artest claims it an accident and it very well could have been but Artest’s previous actions aren’t working in his favor.
World Peace was ejected in Sunday’s 114-106 double overtime win for the Lakers. World Peace received a flagrant two foul for hitting James Harden in the head with his elbow.
Late in the 2nd quarter World Peace threw down a monster dunk to cut the Thunder lead to 1 48-47. After the dunk World Peace got pretty excited. He was beating his chest and as he was running down court he stuck Harden in the head with his elbow. Harden fell to the floor.
Harden did not return to the game and according to the Thunder he has a concussion and his status moving forward is uncertain. This would be a big blow to the Thunder. Harden is the best bench player in the league.
World Peace talked after the game.
“During that play I just dunked on (Kevin) Durant and (Serge) Ibaka and I got really emotional and excited and it was unfortunate that James had to get hit with an unintentional elbow,” World Peace said. “I hope he’s OK. The Thunder, they’re playing for a championship this year, so I hope that he’s OK and I apologize to the Thunder and to James Harden.
World Peace later addressed the foul on Twitter.
“Hope James Hardin (sic) is ok…,” World Peace wrote. “I remember when I hit by Marc Gasol the same way.. I was spitting up blood and a headache during the game…”
“I just watched the replay again….. Oooo.. My celebration of the dunk really was too much… Didn’t even see James ….. Omg… Looks bad,” he tweeted.
At first glance this really looks like a dirty play. I am pretty sure it wasn’t intentional. Saying that you have to be in control of yourself on the court and be aware of your surroundings, and clearly he was not.
I am sure he will receive a multiple game suspension for his actions. This could affect the Lakers in the playoffs.
Lakers coach Mike Brown on losing World Peace.
“Metta’s been extremely important to us on both ends of the floor,” Brown said. World Peace came into Sunday averaging 14.2 points on 47.8 percent shooting in 12 games in April, both well above his season averages. “It’d be a big blow to us (if he is suspended) … We need him on the floor as much as possible.”
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