Early in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals, Miami Heat big man Chris “Birdman” Andersen almost got himself ejected when he shoved Indiana Pacers forward Tyler Hansbrough to the ground.
After a missed layup ensued, both players ran to the other side of the court; however, Birdman decided to bump into Hansbrough, knocking him to the floor. Obviously, the 6-9 Hansbrough wasn’t pleased, and as both tried settling the situation, Birdman gave him forceful shove.
Good job by the ref to clear Andersen out of the area. Pushed him away like a tackling sled.
Birdman was hit with a flagrant (and personal) foul while Hansbrough, for some reason, received a technical.
It would have been interesting if both started exchanging blows. A fight like Birdman vs. Psycho T just sounds like some WWE pay-per-view event. Luckily for civility, that didn’t happen, and fortunately for the Heat veteran, he wasn’t ejected.
But the league with review the play tomorrow and consider upgrading Andersen’s foul to a flagrant 2, which would leave his suspended for Game 6.