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Knicks J.R. Smith ejected for foul on Harrison Barnes (VIDEO)

Mar 12, 2013, 1:31 AM EDT

On the scale of Flagrant II fouls, J.R. Smith‘s on Harrison Barnes Monday was not as bad as many.

But Joey Crawford and the referee corp saw the replay above and decided the foul was “unnecessary and excessive” — the threshold that has to be met for the Flagrant II and automatic ejection. As Mike Breen notes on the video, the referees are looking for a combination of wind up, contact and follow through to assess that stiffer penalty. They saw it. Personally, I saw a Flagrant I foul.

I’d say Smith might get a way with fine on this, but predicting the league office lately is next to impossible

This ejection pretty much fit in with the Knicks night as they lost 92-63 to the Warriors.

  1. Mr. Wright 212 - Mar 12, 2013 at 2:19 AM

    This team has never looked this putrid in my 29 years of watching them. Not even the season that Bernard tore up his knee (my first as a fan), both before (they were already bad off to begin with), or after (lost out from there). This was an absolute travesty. Went right back to the dumb shiet that sank this team to .500 over a two month stretch. Nothing but one on one, isos, one pass and shoot, no movement without the ball, and terrible defense.

    And the worst part about it, the Warriors didn’t play well at any point in the game. The Knicks were just THAT BAD. Any other night, the Warriors lose to almost everyone in the league, because they weren’t shooting well for most of the game until late.

    • 1972wasalongtimeago - Mar 12, 2013 at 2:45 PM

      Come on man! You know this loss was on the refs and Stern. No way they want the team in the worlds biggest market to succeed, it’s obvious and I thought you more than anyone wouldn’t be fooled.

  2. bballhistorian - Mar 12, 2013 at 2:24 AM

    Terrible call! He also hit the ball with both hands…worse they couldve done on that one was a Flagrant-1.

    Do the refs get penalized for bad calls?

    • Mr. Wright 212 - Mar 12, 2013 at 2:39 AM

      Joseph Crawford. Yawn.

    • abchome - Mar 12, 2013 at 4:03 AM

      Not even a very hard foul at all…

    • teehov843 - Mar 12, 2013 at 12:44 PM

      I wonder if it was D-Wade, would he be ejected? I doubt it! SMH at the NBA!

      • mannyfresh209 - Mar 12, 2013 at 3:45 PM

        You must’ve forgot the fact the Wade has been suspended by the league this season. Use Serge Ibaka’s name instead next time playa.

  3. baymac408 - Mar 12, 2013 at 3:37 AM


    • slowclyde86 - Mar 12, 2013 at 8:29 AM

      Easy there, skippy. They just beat a fading team at home. The warriors are going nowhere fast. Write in all caps if you want, but march games matter in college, not the pros.

      • Mr. Wright 212 - Mar 12, 2013 at 11:55 AM

        Fading? lmao they were rolling coming into this game. Just went flat after the first quarter and it just got worse from there.

      • slowclyde86 - Mar 12, 2013 at 12:53 PM

        Sensitive about the Knicks much? If you want to call 6-4 in last 10 rolling, be my guest. If you want to look at the big picture, the Knicks are a shadow of the team that started the year—surely even you can admit to that. I call that fading. Feel free to call it otherwise. Whatever.

  4. davidly - Mar 12, 2013 at 5:39 AM

    I’d’ve called a Flagrant One, given the man his free throws, and fined him for flopping.

  5. louhudson23 - Mar 12, 2013 at 6:30 AM

    Refs not fooled by his subterfuge. He wound up and smacked the guy. Period. The rest is just window dressing. Nice to see.

  6. letangusespertplus - Mar 12, 2013 at 6:40 AM

    hey look JR smith did something stupid again.

  7. tomshoe - Mar 12, 2013 at 6:42 AM

    If you look closely, you could see a small bit of green sticking out of Joey Crawford’s collar.

  8. 1972wasalongtimeago - Mar 12, 2013 at 7:07 AM

    Smith was 3 for 11 and was killing his own team. The Knicks were losing by 24 with him in there and the deficit only grew by 5 after he got ejected. Face it, when the refs kicked him out, they actually increased the Knicks chances of winning! So if the refs were truly cheating, they were cheating FOR you

  9. acdc363 - Mar 12, 2013 at 8:15 AM

    Moves like this are what seperate amateur teams like the Knicks from professional teams like the Heat.

    • southbeachtalent - Mar 12, 2013 at 9:06 AM


    • Mr. Wright 212 - Mar 12, 2013 at 11:57 AM

      That’s the last thing that needs to come out of your mouth, when literally every player who sees the floor for the Heat does nothing but flop, which REEKS of amateurism.

  10. dadeyemi - Mar 12, 2013 at 9:16 AM


  11. bball1950 - Mar 12, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    The Knicks played terribly. Isolation plays, poor shot selection, no passing, no creating, no ball movement, and missed shots. And most of all, they played poor defense. Looked like a lottery team.

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