Derek Fisher -- Suspended for Game 3 of playoffs

Derek Fisher will be sitting Game 3 out after a hard elbow to Luis Scola during game 2 of the playoffs between the Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets.
Derek Fisher will be sitting Game 3 out after a hard elbow to Luis Scola during game 2 of the playoffs between the Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets.

The elbow, which sent Scola to the floor, led to Fisher being ejected in the third quarter.

From a blog post over at the LA Times:

Just got an email from the league office.  Derek Fisher (and on a related note, Orlando's Rafer Alston) will be suspended for Game 3 against Houston for making head/shoulder contact at Rockets forward Luis Scola.  The incident led to Fisher being ejection and further chippy play as the game continued.

Also, Kobe Bryant will receive a retroactive Flagrant One for elbowing Ron Artest in the chest while tussling for a loose ball, but neither he nor Artest- later ejected for his reaction- will have to sit out any action.

I'm not gonna rehash what BK already wrote (and what we both said last night), but basically, both outcomes are exactly what I expected.  And objectively speaking, it's hard to get too outraged over Fisher, even as a Lakers fan.  It's really what he deserved.  Yes, someone like Rajon Rondo should have been tagged for a game after tossing Kirk Hinrich into the scorer's table, but that doesn't make Fish's punishment unjust.  It simply means that the NBA's track record in evaluating such incidents is often spotty, which I think we all knew, anyway.  But like we all learned in kindergarten, two wrongs don't make a right.
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