While the league has not punished Ariza any further, proving even the league doesn't think there was intent to hurt the other player, there are still people out there who think the Lakers are just trying to erase a soft image.
The Lakers also managed to create a little fear in the minds of opposing teams. The Lakers have proven themselves tough on both defense and offense, and have done so the right way.
The call on Trevor Ariza was unfortunate. The officials had a chance to review the video of the play, but instead called a quick flagrant fould due to the harsh fall by Fernandez.
Something bigger than just a foul should've been called for sure, but a flagrant two? A flagrant one, maybe.
In every picture and video, you can clearly see Ariza going for the ball. If the officials would've reviewed the play, they would have come to the same conclusion.
A flagrant foul two is unnecessary and called for excessive contact.
Was there excessive contact?
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