Suns' Stoudemire given flagrant foul

Updated: April 25, 2010, 4:40 PM ET
By J.A. Adande | ESPN.com

An NBA review of an elbow thrown by Phoenix Suns forward Amare Stoudemire in Thursday night's playoff game deemed the offense worthy of a flagrant foul 1, but not a suspension.

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In the third game of the Suns' opening-round series with the Portland Trail Blazers, Stoudemire became entangled with Portland's LaMarcus Aldridge and swung his arm through to clear it. Stoudemire's elbow missed Aldridge and no foul was called at the time.

Had it been ruled a flagrant foul during the game, the Trail Blazers would have shot two free throws and retained possession of the ball. The missed opportunity for as many as five points could have been a bigger issue for the Trail Blazers had the game been closer, but Phoenix won 108-89.

The Suns might feel entitled to a break from the league office after a stringent definition of the rules against leaving the bench during an altercation caused Stoudemire and Boris Diaw to be suspended for the fifth game of a 2007 playoff series against the San Antonio Spurs. The Suns lost that game and the series.

Under the league's disciplinary system, a flagrant 1 counts as one point. After a player exceeds three points during the playoffs, he is suspended for one game.

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