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Video: Sefalosha’s flagrant foul for smacking Ginobili’s face

May 31, 2012, 10:06 PM EDT

The Oklahoma City Thunder came out in Game 3 with a real sense of desperation. They played more physical, their defensive rotations were crisper and they have thrown the Spurs out of the game plan that worked brilliantly the first two games. The Thunder were up 13 at the half.

Did I mention physical? Above is the video of Thabo Sefalosha smacking Manu Ginobili in the face. This was not malicious, but it was not soft and kind, either. The message was sent.

Hat tip to Eye on Basketball.

  1. drunkenjunk - May 31, 2012 at 10:47 PM

    at least they caught that, unlike last night.

    • bozosforall - May 31, 2012 at 11:14 PM

      That’s because last night there was no contact, just a lame acting job by Rondo. The refs got it right both times.

      • savvybynature - May 31, 2012 at 11:48 PM

        WTH are you talking about? Slo-mo replay clearly showed that Rondo was fouled!

        I’m not in the NBA-is-rigged crowd, but that was clearly a foul.

      • bozosforall - Jun 1, 2012 at 9:26 AM

        The clip that was attached shows NO contact by his hand. That coupled with the fact that the NBA has NOT come out and said otherwise (like they did for the mistake in Game 6 of the Hawks-Celtics series) ends the controversy.

      • rooney24 - Jun 1, 2012 at 10:42 AM

        For those of you disagreeing with bozos, you need to watch the replay and watch the view from the other end of the court. Most replays look like Rondo was hit hard. But, if you see the other view, he is either untouched or barely touched. Find the replay that shows that view and watch it a couple of times before you rant about Rondo being hit.

        That replay showed ONCE when the game was on live, and I could see he wasn’t hit hard. I am not sure how someone on the TV crew didn’t see it and pick up on it, and show it more than once (unless they didn’t want you to see it).

      • bozosforall - Jun 1, 2012 at 6:28 PM

        The Boston idiots will never admit that I’m right on this. After all, the river that they call DeNial runs right through Beantown.

      • drunkenjunk - Jun 1, 2012 at 10:44 AM

        there was contact, rondo should of gotten the call. If wade gets those calls so should rondo.

      • bozosforall - Jun 1, 2012 at 6:29 PM

        There wasn’t any contact, just an acting job by Rondo. Either way, the Celtics deserved to lose.

      • drunkenjunk - Jun 2, 2012 at 1:19 PM

        no they didn’t. Last night was the first properly officiated game.

      • bozosforall - Jun 2, 2012 at 11:54 PM

        Pfffft…typical delusional drivel from another Boston idiot.

      • drunkenjunk - Jun 3, 2012 at 12:29 AM

        i’m not a boston fan douche. I’m a Mavs fan. The officiating was horrible in the first two games. Apparently you’re the idiot who doesn’t know.

      • bozosforall - Jun 4, 2012 at 9:05 AM

        Just in the first two games? How about last night? Equally as bad, probably worse. Stone silence from the hypocrites in Boston.

      • drunkenjunk - Jun 8, 2012 at 12:18 AM

        keep suckin bron’s dick.

      • bozosforall - Jun 8, 2012 at 12:28 AM

        Suckin bron’s dick? I don’t even like him or the Heat, so why would I do that.

        More like…Boston fans suck the dicks of every mercenary player that plays for any one of their teams. Suck on that, suckinjunk.

      • phintasm - Jun 1, 2012 at 2:35 PM

        I noticed the same thing. I was shocked that ESPN kept showing the overhead angle where it looks like he was hit, saw the other angle once and Wade’s hand was clearly 1-2 inches ABOVE Rondo’s face. I guess ESPN just needed some material for First Take…

      • bozosforall - Jun 1, 2012 at 6:31 PM

        ESPN is in New England. They were merely trying to appease the Boston crybabies.

  2. broncos124 - May 31, 2012 at 11:19 PM

    Thunder will win game 3, but spurs will win the series

  3. broncos124 - May 31, 2012 at 11:19 PM

    Spurs will win series

  4. sweetnlow44 - May 31, 2012 at 11:23 PM

    Why does he try to act like it wasn’t intentional?

    • lyndseymarieee - Jun 1, 2012 at 1:41 AM

      Because all NBA players do that, not just Sefaloasha.

  5. Laying The Blog Down - May 31, 2012 at 11:55 PM

    Reblogged this on layingtheblogdown and commented:

  6. teamobijuan - Jun 1, 2012 at 9:11 AM

    He got him pretty good, but it’s always funny to see well-coordinated and athletic men falling to the ground so easily. C’mon.

  7. rooney24 - Jun 1, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    He certainly hit him solidly, but Manu also pulled a soccer-worthy flop, acting like he was just shot. If the NBA keeps going down this track of flopping and arm flailing, trying to make every foul look like a Flagrant 2, I don’t know if I can stomach watching it much longer.

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