Metta World Peace Ejected for Elbow to James Harden's Head

Holly MacKenzieNBA Lead BloggerApril 22, 2012

LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 29:  Metta World Peace #15 of the Los Angeles Lakers dribbles as he fends off James Harden #13 of the Oklahoma City Thunder at Staples Center on March 29, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Leave it to Metta World Peace to make things take a very interesting turn in the last week of the regular season.

Just before halftime in the Lakers' game against the Thunder, World Peace scored on a dunk and got tangled with Harden as he was celebrating. Inexplicably, there was a hard elbow thrown. It caught Harden in the head and immediately sent him to the ground. 

World Peace (somehow, this name does not work for this sentence) was assessed a Flagrant Foul 2 and was ejected immediately. 

After being evaluated by trainers and the Los Angeles Lakers team doctor, it was announced that Harden will not return to the game today. He will continued to be monitored.

There's sure to be a stiff penalty for World Peace's actions. A week from the start of the postseason, this could shape the outcome for Los Angeles. 


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It was an all-around awful moment that didn't need to happen. There isn't any place for plays like this on the basketball floor. Expect the league to make a statement in their punishment of World Peace.