Chris "Birdman" Andersen will be grounded for one game after the NBA suspended the Heat power forward for his part in an altercation with Pacers power forward Tyler Hansbrough in Game 5 Thursday night in Miami.
In announcing the suspension, Stu Jackson, the NBA's executive vice president of basketball operations, said that Andersen's flagrant-one foul was elevated to a flagrant-two because he “resisted efforts to bring the altercation to an end.”
Andersen shoved Hansbrough to the court after the two had jockeyed for rebounding position with 9:02 left in the second quarter of Game 5, which the Heat won, 90-79, to take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference finals series. After Hansbrough got up, Andersen bumped and pushed him instead of heading up court, even after a referee tried to intervene.
NBA Commissioner David Stern said earlier Friday in a taped interview with NBC Sports Radio that a further review might be necessary.
“I don't know what he was doing,” Stern said of Andersen. “A serious review of his activities is called for."
The NBA also announced Friday that Hansbrough's technical foul had been rescinded.
Game 6 of the series will start at 5:30 p.m. PDT Saturday in Indianapolis.