Carmelo, Technicals, Suspensions and the Playoffs

There has been some question about whether or not Carmelo Anthony’s technical foul count (currently at 14 and climbing) will be wiped clean for the playoffs.  The following passage is straight from pages 42-43 in the Official Rules of the National Basketball Association 2008-2009:

Section VII—Fines

a. The following progressive technical foul and ejection schedules will apply.


Technical Fouls 1-5: $1,000 fine each

Technical Fouls 6-10: $1,500 fine each

Technical Fouls 11-15: $2,000 fine each (with a warning letter sent when the violator reaches his 12th technical foul)

Technical Foul 16: $2,500 fine plus one-game suspension

Each Additional Technical Foul: $2,500 fine

Each Two Additional Technical Fouls

(18, 20, 22, etc.): $2,500 fine plus one-game suspension


Technical Fouls 1-2: $1,000 fine each

Technical Fouls 3-4: $1,500 fine each

Technical Fouls 5-6: $2,000 fine each (with a warning letter sent when the violator reaches his 5th technical foul)

Technical Foul 7: $2,500 fine plus one-game suspension

Each Additional Technical Foul: $2,500 fine

Each Two Additional Technical Fouls

(9, 11, 13, etc.): $2,500 fine plus one-game suspension

So there you have it.  The technical foul count is reset for the playoffs, but if Melo contracts his sixteenth technical foul against Portland, which could be a high intensity game, I believe he would be suspended for the first game of the playoffs.  There is no language specifying the suspension be prior to the next regular season game, just the next game.

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  • Othe33

    Wow, now that’s thorough. Thanks!

  • BeefySwats

    GOod to know, extensive recap Jeremy. Thanks for the the breakdown.

    Speaking of the playoffs, the Hornets, Rockets AND the Jazz all lost tonight, and the Spurs barely avoided a loss to the Pacers. It’s looking more and more like our opponent will be either the Jazz or the Mavericks in the 7 seed. I think we/you should start putting together a playoff preview for these two series, both of which I think are winnable by Denver.

    I am pumped. I think Portland is going to lose to the Rockets on Sunday, lose to the Lakers, and probably beat Denver in the Rose garden. Utah is basically out of contention for the Division title at this point.

  • BeefySwats

    Also, in doing some “opposition scouting”, it appears a lot of Blazer fans are already beginning to accept that they “don’t need the division” and are looking at the 4-5 seed. It will be interesting to see if this attitude plays out and influences the team itself, or if the Blazers try to burn themselves out and wreck themselves for the playoffs by going all out these last 7 games.

  • runningdonut

    I am excited too.
    I’ll wait until the Blazers play Houston to pass judgement, but honestly I wholeheartedly welcome a playoff series with them. I expected a lot more out of Oden, who has really only excelled at fouling and getting injured in his NBA career.

    I think Roy and Aldridge are great young players, but call me crazy I expect us to win the division and beat them handily in a playoff series.

  • Frontrange

    Any word if that last technical could be rescinded. I didn’t see much happen on that one and I know Wallace sometimes had technicals rescinded. (‘Course, if you get enough of them, I suppose the chances are higher that a few could be called back).

  • Othe33

    Watching that T develop on Thursday against the Jazz was just like watching Rasheed get picked on back in the day. Once you’ve established yourself as someone who gets a lot of Technicals assessed against you, the refs seem almost eager to join the party.

    Sure, Carmelo had been vocal all game about not getting calls, but in this instance he wasn’t overt about protesting, he merely said something to the ref on his way to the bench for a time out. He probably said something the equivalent of those “automatic” triggers…but it could have very easily been ignored by the ref.

    Let’s hope this is all much ado about nothing. If he can keep his cool for 6 more games he can save himself a few G’s (the $2,500/T is not much, but the $185k+ he’d lose if he got suspended would be no joke) and save the team the stress of his absence.

    Now is the time to instill fear in the hearts of the rest of the West. I don’t think many people out there take the Nuggs seriously, and that could really play in our favor if they can powerfully stake a claim to the 2 seed. Starts today against the Clipps.