NEW YORK -- Amare Stoudemire's availability for Sunday's game against the Indiana Pacers is in the hands of NBA vice president Stu Jackson.
Stoudemire earned an automatic one-game suspension for accumulating 16 technicals when he was T'd up by referee Bennett Salvatore in the first half of the Knicks' 127-109 loss to the Dallas Mavericks last night, but he said afterward he believes the NBA will rescind it because Salvatore overreacted when Stoudemire became entangled with Mavs center Brendan Haywood.
Both players were actually smiling in disbelief when the double-tech was called, but coach Mike D'Antoni was not so amused as he subsequently picked up a tech for arguing the call.
The NBA routinely reviews every technical foul, but there is usually a heightened sense of urgency to quickly review and uphold/rescind the infraction when a technical foul leads to a suspension. (Players are suspended for one game for every second technical foul they get, beginning with their 16th and continuing with their 18th, 20th, 22nd, etc.).
Hence, we'll set the over-under on a ruling at 1:21 p.m. EST. (Office wagering is encouraged).
Hopefully, it will come down before 2 p.m., so we can discuss it in my weekly Knicks chat (where you can post a question now if you'd like).