Report: Al Horford will not face further punishment for flagrant foul on Matthew Dellavedova


Hawks center Al Horford was ejected from Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals after being assessed a Flagrant 2 foul for contact with Cavaliers guard Matthew Dellavedova’s shoulder. Initially, there was some question as to whether there would be additional punishment for Horford, like a suspension for the potentially pivotal Game 4 on Tuesday, but it appears that won’t be the case.

From Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

Al Horford will not receive additional discipline for the Flagrant Foul 2 that resulted in his ejection from Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals Sunday night.

Horford was assessed the foul with 34.3 seconds remaining in the second quarter when he got tangled up with the Cavaliers’ Matthew Dellavedova. Horford delivered an elbow that was above the shoulders, according to lead official Ken Mauer. Dellavedova hit Horford near his knees while on ground, prompting the Horford reaction. Dellavedova was assessed a technical foul on the play.

The NBA reviews all flagrant fouls and maintains the right to impose a fine and/or suspension upon any player who commits such a foul at any time during the playoffs.

The play was the cause of much controversy after the game, with Horford and other Hawks players accusing Dellavedova of intentionally playing recklessly. LeBron James stood up for Dellavedova, saying his reputation as a dirty player is unfair.