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League downgrades J.J. Barea’s foul on Ray Allen, no fine/suspension

Mar 5, 2013, 6:31 PM EDT

J.J. Barea may have body checked Ray Allen to the ground, but it wasn’t done in a “unnecessary and excessive” way. At least if you ask the league. Allen may feel differently.

Barea’s foul on Allen was downgraded from a flagrant 2 to a flagrant 1 by the league — that means there will be no fine or suspension for the play. Barea was ejected for the hit above after it was reviewed by referees, if they had ruled it a flagrant 1 he would have been allowed to stay in the game.

On the other hand, Serge Ibaka’s foul on Blake Griffin was upgraded from a flagrant 1 to a flagrant 2, but he was fined $25,000 and not suspended.

If you’re wondering, here is how the league defines these fouls:

Flagrant 1 — unnecessary contact committed by a player against an opponent. The opposing team is awarded two (2) free throws and possession.

Flagrant 2 — unnecessary and excessive contact committed by a player against an opponent. The opposing team is awarded two (2) free throws and possession and the player committing the foul is automatically ejected.

I don’t really have a problem with this move by the league — Berea clearly fouled hard but there doesn’t seem to be an intent to injure here.

  1. censormynameandmycomments - Mar 5, 2013 at 6:53 PM

    If Allen didn’t want to get body checked he shouldn’t have thrown an elbow. Good on the league. Nothing to see here.

    • 1972wasalongtimeago - Mar 5, 2013 at 9:12 PM

      Barea’s getting tossed only HURT the Heat. It didn’t help. Barea was shooting 9% from the field (1for11). He was KILLING the T-Wolves. Refs did their best to keep the game close by doing what Adelman didnt have the guts to do which was to send that guy to the showers early.

      Next time the Heat play the Wolves the Wolves should be forced to leave Barea IN the game no matter what.. It’s only fair.

      And no, NBA. The downgrade today does NOT make it alright with Heat fans.

      • heady21 - Mar 6, 2013 at 4:05 AM

        You’re kidding right? Did not hurt the Heat, hurt the Wolves because it immediately went from a 6 point game to a 13 point game because of a joke of a call. Ray Allen pushed off, should have been an offensive foul, even if Barea flopped a little. However, Ray Allen flopped big time after Barea gave him a little chest bump. If Ray is that weak he should just retire right now for being a big baby.

      • tapeterson2155 - Mar 6, 2013 at 3:45 PM

        Barea was the only Twolf with a positive +/- (+1). Before the foul the twolves were down 6, after the foul the heat scored 7 unanswered (3 of those points were on technical free throws), finishing the game on a 21-11 run. The ref’s made a bad call. You aren’t even close to right on any account.

  2. JHathwell - Mar 5, 2013 at 7:05 PM

    Last night, the flagrant foul rule ate itself whole. I know it’s been a gradual, ‘frog in the pot of boiling water’ kind of deal, but my god when did the league get to the point where minor body contact from a 5’10, 175 lb guard merits an ejection.

    I know Stern’s current rules are all about image and public perception, and almost all of them are a result of the Artest melee but dear god, they need to step back and have a look at what is happening to the competitive nature of the game. Despite all opinions otherwise, basketball is indeed a physical sport.

    Let’s get a grip here. To me, it’s a no-brainer that this was rescinded, but what if an ejection like this took place in the 4th quarter of a close game or a playoff game?

  3. miamatt - Mar 5, 2013 at 7:08 PM

    Heat fan here, no problem with the downgrade upon further review. Barea most definitely threw his chest into Allen with absolutely no intent to make a basketball play, but it wasn’t particullarly vicious.

    ^^^^^
    And as far as Ray Allen’s “elbow”, it was more a forearm push off than anything else. It could have been called an offensive foul, but it wasn’t. Barea’s flop to try and draw the foul was likely why he wasn’t given the call. In any case, looks like JJ’s Napolean Complex got the best of him on this one.

  4. dls612 - Mar 5, 2013 at 7:17 PM

    U mean to tell me that Barea foul was worse than ibaka? Serge shoulda been suspended for a game without pay and Barea a fine!

    • raylangivens2 - Mar 5, 2013 at 7:37 PM

      Uh, by downgrading Barea’s foul and upgrading Ibaka’s the league is saying the opposite.

      • dls612 - Mar 5, 2013 at 7:49 PM

        Ok , what I’m saying is Barea punishment isn’t just and ibaka shoulda been fined and suspended

  5. adoombray - Mar 5, 2013 at 7:32 PM

    let’s be honest, it was a counter flop. Barea is the best flopper in the league not playing for the Clippers. Doesn’t seem physically possible for Barea’s tiny self to throw Ray Allen around like that ; the look in his eyes almost said “oh what you want me to be like you?”

  6. term3186 - Mar 5, 2013 at 7:41 PM

    Punch/slap to the groin = flagrant 1.
    Chest bump = flagrant 2.

    Srsly?

  7. pop562 - Mar 5, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    That’s a low blow, Ibaka was having a block party and he went for 2 blocks with one swipe.

  8. eventhorizon04 - Mar 5, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    This is fair.

    I thought it barely qualified as a flagrant 1, and it was far below the threshold for a flagrant 2, so the decision not to fine Barrea is a good one.

  9. yousername1512 - Mar 5, 2013 at 8:30 PM

    There is no reason for an apostrophe in “downgrades,” in this context or in any other. Please moderate.

  10. shzastl - Mar 5, 2013 at 10:48 PM

    Unnecessary contact IS excessive contact. If the contact was unnecessary than it was in excess of what was necessary.

  11. migoli - Mar 5, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    I rarely watch the NBA and the Miami heat and the refs are why. The flipper there was Allen but because he’s day Allen it’s called in JJ. The Nba is a joke

    • miamatt - Mar 5, 2013 at 11:39 PM

      Strange how somebody who rarely watches the NBA would take the time to comment on a basketball website message board.

      One more thing, who’s day Allen?

      • lucasblack12 - Mar 6, 2013 at 9:14 AM

        The guy who flops like a puss when pushed by a 5’8 170 pd pg

  12. thechock305 - Mar 6, 2013 at 12:55 AM

    Continue to not see any of our games sir. No one cares dude

  13. tombstone7 - Mar 6, 2013 at 1:09 AM

    Call Stu Jackson, Drew Brees needs an explanation!

  14. lucasblack12 - Mar 6, 2013 at 9:11 AM

    So the refs reviewed this and the ibaka flagrant yet got neither of them right. Figures.

  15. money2long - Mar 6, 2013 at 9:32 AM

    is this the league admitting barea was right, that the blow wasn’t as big as ray allen’s reaction made it out to be? if this was a mark cuban-lakers thing, would the article have included a he won-he lost aspect? but since it’s the popular winning heat team right now that the media love, they avoid the aspect of ray’s overreaction and avoid putting a barea wins aspect in the article?

    i’ll do it.

    ALLEN LOST.

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