Heat's Udonis Haslem, Dexter Pittman suspended for flagrant fouls against Pacers

Adrian Wojnarowski

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.

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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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