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Old 04-27-2011, 12:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Granger calls Noah a dirty player

The Indiana Pacers were labeled "goons," "hoodlums" and "thugs" by Chicago Bulls fans for their aggressive play during teams' first-round NBA playoff series.

It turns out, Pacers forward Danny Granger thought the Bulls were taking cheap shots.

Granger had to be restrained from going after Bulls center Joakim Noah as the teams exchanged handshakes on the court at the end of the Bulls' series-ending 116-89 win.

Granger accused Noah of playing dirty throughout the game, taking cheap shots at Pacers, including forward Josh McRoberts, who was ejected in the third quarter.

Granger was in the hallway outside the locker room using expletives to describe Noah's play.

"Everybody saw what Josh did and he got ejected," Granger said. "Nobody caught what happened first. It's always the second man. (Noah) was playing dirty the whole game. My teammates got caught with it and nothing happened."

McRoberts was ejected in the final seconds of the third quarter for throwing an elbow at Noah. The former Carmel High School standout said he was retaliating for an "elbow to his throat" from the Bulls center.

"We were on the side by ourselves, and he took a good swing at my throat," McRoberts said. "I was trying to defend myself and protect myself. I've got to be a man out there. It's not the way I would want to end the season, though."
Notebook: Pacers' Granger fumes about Bulls' Noah | The Indianapolis Star | indystar.com
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