The New York Times asked an interesting question today. If it was Dampier instead of Shaq going for a layup and it was Wade instead of Stackhouse committing the hard foul, would there still be a suspension?
The Stackhouse suspension is a continuation of the NBA overreacting to highly visible displays of physical play. This has been for public relations, not to protect players' safety. What Stackhouse did a few days ago is not as dangerous as the elbows thrown by Shaq and Mourning or even the shenanigans that occur away from the ball.
This has been a series where Maverick players have received multiple elbows to the face. There has been no punishment for these dangerous fouls. However, if someone dares to commit a hard foul on NBA royalty, David Stern serves up a one game suspension in what is now a three game series.