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Bulls’ Nazr Mohammed ejected from Game 3 after shoving LeBron James to the floor (VIDEO)

May 10, 2013, 9:15 PM EDT

Things took a little longer to get heated between the Bulls and the Heat in Game 3 than they did in Game 2, but the first ejection of the night came much faster.

Early in the second quarter with the Bulls holding a three-point lead, Nazr Mohammed committed a hard foul on LeBron James just as he crossed half court. It’s unclear why Mohammed chose this course of action; the only thing we can think of was that maybe he was trying to stop a transition opportunity from the Heat by intentionally fouling (a common tactic in European basketball), though Miami didn’t appear to be in a strong position to force the action at the time.

After Mohammed’s hard foul, James made sure to toss Mohammed to the floor after the two became briefly tangled up. The official was right on top of the play, and correctly whistled James for a technical foul, even before Mohammed reacted by shoving James to the floor with two hands.

Boneheaded plays by Mohammed all around, as the foul itself wasn’t really a great decision — and the shove, even less so.

Mohammed was ejected for his actions, leaving the already shorthanded Bulls even more depleted from the standpoint of available players.

This was the second extracurricular incident in a game that was less than 15 minutes old. Joakim Noah shoved Chris Andersen in the first quarter, after Andersen fell on top of Nate Robinson following the blocking one of his shots.

  1. jthammerstix - May 11, 2013 at 7:25 AM

    Flop

    • hehateme2 - May 11, 2013 at 7:37 AM

      You got to be kidding homer. It was yet another act of classless thuggery. The Bulls can’t match up and all they have left is fighting. Poor sportsmanship being shown.

    • dacapt704 - May 11, 2013 at 7:45 AM

      Maybe u dont realize how big Nazr Mohammed is…someone that big pushes you with 2 hands unexpectedly..anyone woould fall like that

    • WatchThis - May 11, 2013 at 9:08 AM

      Can’t send a guy in for the specific reason of roughing up the NBA’s best player in hope that you can take him out and squeak a win out. Even with Lebron not scoring for 3 quarters, the Bulls have no hope.

    • sabatimus - May 11, 2013 at 6:11 PM

      I’d say 65% legit, 35% flop. It take two to tango.

  2. lemfax - May 11, 2013 at 7:31 AM

    Play with emotion that’s good… But not with mega emotion that’s too much…Noah Noah Noah….

  3. steelerfanforlife - May 11, 2013 at 8:20 AM

    Hey guys your little Bron, Bron will be ok! It was just a little push, I’m sure he’ll be fine. It’s not like someone tackled him and dislocated his elbow like your other little man Wade, Wade did. You Heat “fans” are so sensitive when anyone messes your boys!

    • jimmymarlinsfan - May 11, 2013 at 10:49 AM

      Good grief you are stupid

    • mydoghasfleez - May 11, 2013 at 5:22 PM

      How can you be a Steeler fan & also be such an ignoramous?

  4. rtfinch - May 11, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    I love these Miami Heat “fans.” If someone plays physical basketball they’re “dirty” or “thugs” but when you bring in Chris Anderson to get 3 rebounds and 5 fouls its okay, or when dwade tackles players or kicks another man in the groin, its only because the other players are mean to him. Muhammed shove was stupid, you already baited lebron into a tech, but lebrons elbow was okay? Get over yourself and your love for this guy.

  5. cspuck7 - May 11, 2013 at 11:34 AM

    Total flop, it was a strong shove and not a smart move by Mohammed, but you can see Lebron actually pushes off with his right foot to embellish the play further

  6. ashtongronholz8 - May 11, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    Typical basketball players diving all over the place.

  7. ProBasketballPundit - May 11, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    This is such a stupid argument. Nazr Mohammad is a thug sent to take out LeBron or try to instigate a fight. And now Thibodeau is trying to instigate a different kind of fight with his comments. Don’t take the bait, LeBron.

    • gmsingh - May 12, 2013 at 9:52 AM

      Only one team has accrued flagrant fouls in this series–the Heat.

  8. jjones314 - May 11, 2013 at 11:59 PM

    Flop or no flop…….

    BULLS YOU LOST. KEEP BEING GANGSTERS AND THUGS…AS LONG AS YOU KEEP LOSING IM GOOD.

  9. trimaster1 - May 13, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    The Bulls thought they could get under the heat’s skin, kinda like how they did when they snapped the 27 game winning streak. These are the playoffs, and that means the intensity is increased, and the big picture is what’s important. Lebron said it best: he can’t help his team if he gets ejected.

    And I think that’s exactly what they tried to do with the push, but he didn’t take the bait.

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