The Miami Heat will be without forward Udonis Haslem and center Dexter Pittman for Thursday's Game 6 against the Indiana Pacers after the NBA suspended both players for separate flagrant fouls.
Haslem received a one-game suspension while Pittman will miss the next three games, the NBA announced.
Pittman received a flagrant foul after he came across the lane and used his forearm and elbow to blast the Pacers' Lance Stephenson after a made shot with 19.4 seconds left in Tuesday night's Game 5. Stephenson had taunted LeBron James earlier in the series by flashing a choke signal after James missed a pair of free throws during Game 3.
Haslem was given his flagrant after he fouled Pacers forward Tyler Hansbrough across the face in Game 5. Hansbrough had hit Dwyane Wade earlier in the game for a flagrant foul. The NBA upgraded all three fouls to flagrant type-twos, but Hansbrough was not suspended.
The suspensions leave the Heat thin on their front line. Chris Bosh is sidelined with an abdominal injury.
The Heat lead the series 3-2 and can clinch a berth in the Eastern Conference finals with a victory Thursday in Indianapolis.
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