Posey suspended one game for flagrant foul

Updated: December 29, 2006, 8:44 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

New York -- Miami Heat forward James Posey has been suspended for one game without pay for committing a flagrant foul against Chicago forward Luol Deng.

James Posey
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The incident occurred with 7:16 remaining in the fourth period of the Heat's 109-103 loss to the Bulls on Wednesday at United Center.

"I don't know what he was trying to do," Deng told the Chicago Tribune. "I have to see the play again. I don't want to say anything bad. I went up and I didn't really see him make an attempt for the ball."

Posey committed a flagrant foul on Kirk Hinrich in last season's playoffs and was involved in a play that broke the nose of Bulls rookie Tyrus Thomas earlier this season.

"I don't know if it's something he sets out before the game to do or not," Hinrich told the Tribune. "It was a hard foul, obviously."

The Bulls thought Posey should have received a longer penalty, especially since he was suspended a game in April for a flagrant foul against Kirk Hinrich during the first round of the playoffs.

"I thought it was light," Chicago coach Scott Skiles said.

Posey served the suspension Friday in New Jersey when the Heat faced the Nets.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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