Namely, Ron Artest once saw a man get stabbed in the heart with a table leg during a basketball game:
It was Bryant's errant elbows that apparently led Artest to get in his face in the first place.
The Houston Chronicle's Jonathan Feigen lays out the possibilities clearly on his blog:
"If Bryant's elbow is considered the result of trying to get free from a tight defense, then Jackson could rule it to be nothing more than a part of basketball.
"If he considers it excessive, it could be elevated to a flagrant-1. Bryant would have to write a check.
"If he considers it to be an elbow thrown intentionally above the shoulder, Bryant could get the one-game suspension similar to the suspension Dwight Howard got last week."
Bryant said after the game that he didn't think Artest should have been tossed from the game. Both players commented to the media that the chippiness was fun.
More fun, chippiness and story lines are sure to come Friday when the series moves to Houston for a hopefully table-leg-free Game 3.
Lakers even series in rough game [LA Times]
Now, series becomes a dogfight [Houston Chronicle]