Experts: Suspensions justified? Change the rule? Who wins series now?
The NBA came down hard on Amare Stoudemire and Boris Diaw for coming off the bench after Robert Horry's flagrant foul against Steve Nash. Was this the right call? Should there be a rule change?
Our experts answer five questions on the situation.
1. What is your opinion of the NBA's ruling?
Henry Abbott, TrueHoop: It's miserable, and entirely against what's best for basketball fans. But it's perfectly in keeping with how that rule has always been interpreted in the past.
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THE GREAT SUSPENSION DEBATE
After Amare Stoudemire and Boris Diaw of Phoenix were suspended one game for leaving the bench following Robert Horry's knockdown of Steve Nash late in Suns-Spurs Game 4, a flurry of reaction ensued.
NEWS AND COMMENTARY
• NBA suspends Amare, Diaw for leaving bench
• Amare reacts to suspension, calls out Duncan
• Stern defends Stoudemire, Diaw suspensions
• Experts hit all angles of suspensions
• Simmons: Common sense vs. NBA rulebook
• Stein: How Suns might adjust in Game 5
• Daily Dime: The night of the collision
• Keown: Cheap reward for cheap shot
• Jemele Hill: Right call
• Dan Patrick with David Stern ... Transcript
• Keith and Dan react to defiant Commish
• Mike Tirico: Amare, Boris messed up
• Greg Anthony: Bench rule is 'gospel'
• Jon Barry: Suns lost without 'em
• D'Antoni: NBA needs to review its policy
• Charles Barkley wants spirit of rules followed
• Jim O'Brien: Why suspending is wrong call
• Stu Jackson says ruling was "no brainer"