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Stern: 'Birdman' Andersen should have been ejected

Posted May 31, 2013 6:00 PM - Updated May 31, 2013 8:02 PM


NBA Commissioner David Stern says Miami forward Chris Andersen's shove of Indiana's Tyler Hansbrough in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals merited an ejection.

Stern made the remarks to NBC Sports Radio for an interview scheduled to air Sunday. Andersen was called for a flagrant-1 after shoving Hansbrough in the second quarter of Thursday's game. A flagrant-1 does not carry ejection as a consequence.

Stern says he didn't know what Andersen was doing on that play, and that "a serious review of his activities is called for," according to the network.

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra, speaking Friday before Stern's comments were released, says that the team has not yet heard if the league will bring additional penalties against Andersen.

Game 6 of the series is Saturday at Indianapolis.

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