Lakers' Andrew Bynum gets two game suspension

By Greg Beacham

Associated Press

Published: Sunday, March 20 2011 11:03 p.m. MDT

Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin (32), guard Eric Gordon (10) and Phoenix Suns forward Jared Dudley (3) fight for a rebound in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 20, 2011, in Los Angeles. The Suns won 108-99.

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LOS ANGELES — Lakers coach Phil Jackson has no idea how the NBA did the math that resulted in Andrew Bynum receiving a two-game suspension for his flagrant foul on Minnesota's Michael Beasley.

Jackson just knows the absence of the shotblocking center is a big negative in the middle of the two-time champions' defense.

Bynum, who has little prior history of hard fouls, missed Sunday's win against Portland and will sit out Tuesday's meeting with Phoenix under the suspension announced Sunday morning by the NBA.

Jackson said he agreed with the flagrant foul and Bynum's ejection last Friday, but thought the resulting penalty was "excessive." Bynum will lose roughly $250,000 during his suspension without pay.

Bynum was ejected during the fourth quarter of the Lakers' 106-98 win over the Timberwolves after he turned his shoulder and sent Beasley crashing to the court in a mid-air collision when Beasley drove the lane.

BROOKS MUST SIT: Phoenix Suns guard Aaron Brooks has been suspended for one game for throwing a ball at an official.

The NBA announced Brooks' suspension Sunday about an hour before Phoenix's road win against the Los Angeles Clippers.

Brooks struck an official in the leg with the ball midway through the fourth quarter of the Suns' 108-97 victory over Golden State on Friday night.

CHALMERS TO MISS TIME: Miami Heat point guard Mario Chalmers is expected to miss up to two weeks after spraining his right knee.

Chalmers was injured against the Denver Nuggets on Saturday. Tests performed on his knee Sunday confirmed the original diagnosis.

It's a blow for the Heat, with the playoffs opening in less than a month, though not as severe as it could have been. The only other true point guard Miami has on the roster is Mike Bibby, who has been with the Heat for only 10 games.

NEW BULLS: The Chicago Bulls have signed free agent guards John Lucas III and Jannero Pargo.

Lucas III appeared in two games with Chicago this season. This will be the fourth stint with the Bulls for Pargo, who had most recently played for them last season.

A seven-year veteran, Pargo has averaged 6.6 points while shooting 34.9 percent on 3-pointers.

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