BwareDWare94, on 25 April 2012 - 02:02 PM, said:
Everybody thinks this isn't a harsh punishment, and I'm just fuckin' baffled by that. It doesn't deserve ten games, and it deserves more than five. Meet in the middle. Everybody wins. Also realize that they're aware that Bynum's hit on Barea was even more dangerous, but they needed to be harsher because it's Ron.
Before you go crazy on me saying that the Barea hit was more dangerous, let me explain. I think that because the elbow struck behind the ear, it wasn't nearly as dangerous as the potential of Barea dislocating a knee/shoulder or getting a concussion from his head crashing into the floor. That's just my take, anyway.
I'm also still hard-pressed to call it definitively intentional. It happened so fast and he never looked at Harden. It's a tough call.
So the POTENTIAL that Barea could get a concussion outweighs the ACTUAL concussion Harden suffered that could possibly keep him out of the first round? A blow to the head, especially wear Artest's elbow met Harden's head, is incredibly dangerous. Nevermind that head injuries are a million times more dangerous than leg injuries.