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Lakers' Andrew Bynum ejected for flagrant foul on Mavericks guard Barea (VIDEO)

(Tony Gutierrez ./ AP)

Andrew Bynum is going to be punished for a cheap, er, flagrant foul on J.J. Barea in the fourth quarter of Game 4 of the NBA playoff series between the Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas Mavericks on Sunday.

But just how much of a punishment does he deserve?

The Mavericks were up by 30 at the time of the flagrant and Bynum’s teammate, Lamar Odom, had been ejected previously for throwing a forearm at Dirk Nowitzki with 9 minutes, 6 seconds left.

“It's a little embarrassing,” Odom said. “I didn't mean anything by it.”

Bynum did mean something. “For me, it was embarrassing having the smallest guy on the court keep running down the lane and then making shots,” Bynum said. “So I just fouled him.”

What’s a just punishment? How many games should Bynum be suspended (whenever the NBA season starts)?

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.


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