ARIZA FOUL NOT FLAGRANT
At least not by my definition. Watch the video–especially the slow-mo–and Ariza’s eyes are looking directly at the ball. It’s completely obvious to me that he was going for the ball and/or Rudy’s hands. While the result was flagrant, the intent was not.
Also, whoever does color for the Blazers broadcast needs glasses. He says “He hit him right in the neck.” Although he did not. Then he says, “I don’t care what you swing at he hit him in the head.” Intent is everything. EVERYTHING.
Thanks to A Stern Warning for the video. They also have a great roundup of the whole incident.