CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – Hawks forward Al Horford won’t face a suspension or any further discipline from the NBA after his ejection last night. Horford was given a flagrant 2 foul and was ejected during the 2nd quarter of Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals for making contact with Cavaliers guard Matthew Dellavedova after dragging him down going after a rebound.
Hawks’ Al Horford will not face additional discipline for Flagrant Foul 2 in Game 3.
— Chris Vivlamore (@CVivlamoreAJC) May 25, 2015
The NBA reviews all flagrant fouls, and can hand out suspensions after the fact if the league deems in appropriate.
Last night, Horford was unhappy initially with Dellavedova.
“He’s (Dellavedova) a player that plays hard but there’s got to be a line at some point. He’s got to learn. He’s only been in this league for a couple of years but he’s got to learn that at the end of the day, it’s a big brotherhood here. Guys look out for each other and I don’t think it was malicious but he’s got to learn.”
Dellavedova felt he was certainly innocent of any wrongdoing.
“I was boxing him out,” Dellavedova said. “You can see from the baseline view that he’s pulling my arm.”
Crew chief Ken Mauer told a pool reporter after the game Horford was given a flagrant 2 because, “He made contact above the shoulders, to the shoulder and head area, of Dellavedova.”
Horford missed the 2nd half of Game 3, which the Cavaliers would go on to win 114-111 in overtime. Game 4 is Tuesday night in Cleveland, with the Cavaliers up 3-0 in the series and a chance to sweep and move on to the NBA Finals.