The price of Metta World Peace

What penalty should the Lakers' Metta World Peace pay for his vicious elbow to James Harden's head? The Oklahoman's NBA coverage team and our readers weigh in.
Oklahoman Modified: April 23, 2012 at 1:37 pm •  Published: April 23, 2012

Darnell Mayberry:

Five games. It was a bad play and looked to be intentional. But Harden is OK judging by his brief attempt to return to the game, and the elbow didn't incite an all-out brawl. Those two things should, and will be, taken into account. A five-game suspension is plenty. Because we're not talking about just any five games. Four could be playoff games. That's significant.

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