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Haslem, Pittman Suspended for Game 6 of Heat-Pacers Playoff

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May 24 (Bloomberg) -- Miami forward Udonis Haslem and little-used center Dexter Pittman won’t be on the court tonight when the Heat try to eliminate the Indiana Pacers from the National Basketball Association playoffs.

The Heat are already missing Chris Bosh, who has an abdominal strain.

Haslem, 31, who has started seven of the Heat’s 10 games this postseason, was suspended for one game without pay for striking Indiana’s Tyler Hansbrough in the head and shoulders during a 115-83 Game 5 win, said Stu Jackson, NBA executive vice president of basketball operations.

Pittman, 24, who sees little playing time as a reserve, got a three-game suspension for striking the neck and shoulders of Pacers guard Lance Stephenson during the May 22 game at AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami.

Hansbrough, who drew blood above the eye of Miami’s Dwyane Wade shortly before Haslem’s foul, was not suspended.

The Heat, with a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series, play at Indianapolis tonight.

To contact the reporter on this story: Nancy Kercheval in Washington at nkercheval@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net

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