That crushing elbow tossed at Thunder’s James Harden is going to cost Los Angeles Lakers’ Metta World Peace seven games according to Yahoo! Sports’ Marc Spears.
Lakers forward Metta World Peace suspended 7 games for elbow to head of Thunder forward James Harden. Metta’s suspension goes into playoffs.
— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) April 24, 2012
As the report states, the Lakers will not have the services of Peace heading into the first round of the Western Conference playoffs and to add more insult to injury, Devin Ebanks and Matt Barnes (both back up Peace) are injured. Of course, both should be ready for the playoffs.
The Lakers are not heading into the playoffs on the right foot at all. Granted they more than likely will be the third seed in the West but are currently slated to face the Denver Nuggets which can be a a handful with players such as Danillo Gallinari, JaVale McGee, Wilson Chandler, and Kenneth Faried. Without Peace there (who was looking much like the defensive player we all know he can be late in the season) expect Denver to expose this hole left by Peace’s suspension and make this one long series.
As for the 7-game suspension, it seems about right. Many felt any punishment would be a double-digit amount of games but that would have been extreme and the player’s union would have stepped to challenge it. Furthermore, most players such as Kobe Bryant, and LeBron James, spoke out against Peace’s action and felt it was unwarranted and had no place in basketball.
So much for world peace from World Peace. Now for the Laker’s sake, let’s hope another volatile player on their roster doesn’t lose it like he did in last season’s playoff series versus Dallas — Andrew Bynum.
Speak out Crossover fans. Do you agree with the punishment or feel it should have been more or less games?