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Mario Chalmers dramatic shot shouldn’t have counted. Maybe.

Jun 6, 2011, 11:23 AM EDT

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UPDATE 11:23 am: Or, maybe we have it wrong and the shot should have counted.

According to, it’s an unclear area of the rulebook, however the way they read it because Chalmers leapt in the air to get the pass then landed in the front court he was neither in the front or back court when he caught the ball then landed in the front court so he is fine.

That is different than say a play on the sidelines where one could not jump from out of bounds, catch the ball in the air and land in bounds. It’s seems a discrepancy at best. We will concede it is up for debate.

Also, Refcalls breaks out some of the missed travels in this series. There have been a lot. Even by NBA standards.

10:33 am: It ended up being huge. At the end of the first quarter Mario Chalmers got a pass back and drained a half-court shot at the buzzer, a three pointer that put the Heat up 29-22.

Those three points mattered a lot in a game decided by two, 88-86.

But that shot never should have counted.

Udonis Haslem had the ball and dribbled it into the front court and passed it back to Chalmers, who was running into the front court. But Chalmers never fully got into the front court — his foot straddled the halfcourt line when he caught the pass. In the NBA the half court line is considered part of the back court, you have to be fully over the line to be considered in the front court. (Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don’t Lie pointed it out first.)

The officials missed it, the shot should have been waived off. (ABC play-by-play man Mike Breen also got it wrong on the national broadcast.)

That play alone did not cost the Mavericks the game — Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Terry missed shots down the stretch, Nowitzki got hung up on a Udonis Haslem screen while Chris Bosh it the game winner, the Mavs didn’t close out on Chalmers on his other threes, and frankly in a close game there are 100 different places it could have turned. Dallas dug out of that hole and had the chance to win, Miami was the team that executed better at the end of this game. That is the real difference.

But Chalmers shot should not have counted.

  1. thestudiokida - Jun 6, 2011 at 10:36 AM

    YES IT F***ING SHOULD HAVE! Jesus, people… don’t you have a DVR?

    I freeze-framed this play and Chalmers back heel comes off the mid-court line exactly 1/60th of a second before the ball hits his hand. That makes him in the front court and the shot a legal one. I can’t believe I keep hearing about how it should have been a violation.

    • southbeachtalent - Jun 6, 2011 at 10:45 AM

      Not only that, but if you want to get technical Jason Kidd obviously traveled when he got the call against Wade.

      A few plays later Marion landed on LeBron on a shot fake and there was no call.

      Bosh almost had his eye extracted yet there was no call.

      You can go on and on, I agree the officiating is plain bad. But these things are part of the game, what matters is who is ahead when that final buzzer goes off.

      • crenfroe45 - Jun 6, 2011 at 11:10 AM

        I agree with southbeachtalent’s last point.

        We can be ticky tacky over this play or that play, but a single shot at the end of the 1st Q does not determine the outcome of an entire game. Dallas had 36 more minutes to rectify the blown call.

        Refs are going to miss some calls throughout the duration of a game. It has always been that way.

  2. ginnitti - Jun 6, 2011 at 10:48 AM

    Chalmers is in a contract year. Is he the future point guard for this Heat team? He’ll require more than $847,000 with his recent postseason play.

    • barkley4life - Jun 6, 2011 at 10:57 AM

      Hes a role player with great players. No other team is going to give him starting point guard money. If he is smart he stays with the Heat and stays with the Derek Fisher stay on a great team get paid plan.

      The Jazz gave Fish great money and he was a bust. Yes his daughter was sick and he wanted to be closer…but do you think the Jazz wouldve let him go if he was playing well and just release him from his contract?

      Chalmers is hitting big buckets, but he is benefit from being the fourth or 5 option on the court, nothing more nothing less.

      • littlejohn4life - Jun 6, 2011 at 12:19 PM

        Fisher will be earning 3.4 million the next two seasons and he is washed up.

        The heat are going to have a decision to make, I would assume they keep him for around 5 million, he is in a different time in his playing career then fisher and can’t over a home town discount type deal because I’m sure he wants to earn some cash for himself and his family before he retires.

        El Heat!

  3. rodge1 - Jun 6, 2011 at 10:58 AM

    The shot was a good one. Kurt’s article should NOT have been posted. He should gave his laptop and pocket-protector taken away from him…

  4. hnirobert3 - Jun 6, 2011 at 11:01 AM

    And neither should have half of the fouls called against the Heat, so STFU Kurt.

  5. heathavoc - Jun 6, 2011 at 11:12 AM

    what about the play when kidd was on chalmers the corner and chandler ran over and pretty much drop kicked chalmers out of bounds or the foul called on haslem while he was in front if nowitzki facing the other way jumping for the ball. or how about game 2 when barreia showed his ufc skill on mike miller and miller was hit with a foul for blocking another knee to his face? I think the Heat earned a break from the Dallas Refs

  6. david8726 - Jun 6, 2011 at 11:19 AM

    Ok Kurt – Since you and your editors felt it was time well spent to write an entire post devoted to one missed call, you must now write an article about EVERY bogus call from last nights game.

    It’s only fair, right?

    By the time you’re finished you’ll be sitting there with more articles on bogus called in Dallas’ favor, I guarantee you.

    • trueballs - Jun 6, 2011 at 11:36 AM

      I agree that the refs made a lot of bad calls against the heat. Again look at the FT’s….. in fouls: 27 for Miami and 14 for Dalas.

      But I don’t find this article biased towards dallas. “That play alone did not cost the Mavericks the game — Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Terry missed shots down the stretch,”

      • david8726 - Jun 6, 2011 at 11:38 AM

        Oh no I didn’t mean to imply that the article is biased.

        Kurt is a good writer and is definitely not biased.

        I just don’t think it’s appropriate to have an entire article on one call when lots of bad calls happen throughout a game.

        And it also looks as if people are figuring out that it was a GOOD call anyway, making this even sillier.

  7. heathavoc - Jun 6, 2011 at 12:48 PM

    to say that call cost the mavs the game is about as wrong as saying the knee to the face of mike miller and then the foul call when he blocked the combo punch cost miami game 2. there are always missed calls. this series it seems the refs miss alot that dallas dow. chandler and barrea are playing dirty street ball. miami deserves a break every now and then

  8. lucky5934 - Jun 6, 2011 at 1:05 PM

    Well, it would have gone into overtime if Dirk faked the fadeaway and then jumped straight up for that last shot because the defender would have landed right on top of him. Didn’t happen though and the Mavs lost. Heat did a great job of eating up most of the last 30 seconds.

  9. lucky5934 - Jun 6, 2011 at 2:36 PM

    Actually Barkley4life,

    He will receive a good pay bump. You are right, it is easy to be a good shooter when you are not a top 3 option. But Steve Kerr and Scott Paxson made a living off hitting the open shot. He will probably make 2million per year on his next deal. Which for him is a hefty raise.

  10. andrejohnsonforpresident - Jun 6, 2011 at 4:37 PM

    Just a few things I wanted to point out. They might only interest me..

    Anyone see how they celebrated afterwards? Haslem went up to chalmers, James an wade were no where to be found.. Then Chris bosh came an said whats up. An wade an lebron always walk around and ignore Bosh. At the end of the night was the first time I’d seen them look for bosh in awhile.. Idk just funny how players friendships or roles can play into a team and to each other.

    An Chalmers better be playing out of his mind. If he doesn’t know then he should start to figure out. This is probably one of his only chances of mattering on a championship team for the heat. Players with more skill will be willing to take the same money he gets to play for a ring. He needs to keep hitting those 3’s and playing out of his mind if he really wants to be a part of this ring and possibly many more. 4-5 3’s or w/e he hit last night is getting him where he needs to be.

    O an this 3 counted get over it.

  11. diablito0402 - Jun 7, 2011 at 11:12 AM

    Ohhhh come on people with these bogus calls crap. All throughout lebums career someone in the 24th row sneezes and a fould is called even if theres nobody around with in a foot. Stop it people, always trying to justify everything a lbj’s teams. Like with the cavs” he had no help” how the hell you get to the finals and get the best record in the league 2 years in a row. Stop making excuses people dwane wade is going to get yalls boy his ring. After all thats why he signed there for,,,, right?

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