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Mario Chalmers’ grab around the neck of Joakim Noah from Game 2 upgraded to a flagrant foul (VIDEO)

May 10, 2013, 2:51 PM EDT

The fallout from the physical Game 2 between the Bulls and the Heat continues, as this shot to the neck of Joakim Noah delivered by Mario Chalmers in the third quarter has been reviewed by the league and upgraded to a flagrant foul.

While the review is nice, these are the types of plays I wouldn’t mind seeing punished much more harshly at the time they occur, and I’d even go as far as to say this one should have resulted in an immediate ejection.

Why? We talked about it a bit on the podcast. This is not a basketball play, and is only meant to injure or intimidate. It’s made worse in context, after so much had happened already in the first half.

Moreover, the game was effectively over with Miami leading by 26 points at the time — making this play, which took place on a screen a good 25 feet from the basket, completely unnecessary.

  1. brutl - May 10, 2013 at 3:03 PM

    Chalmers saw Noah sliding over for an illegal screen and let it get the best of him.
    Good move subbing Cole in there. I don’t think the Heat approved of the move.

    • moosington - May 10, 2013 at 4:26 PM

      It’s only an illegal screen if you don’t establish position before contact. You can jump into a screen all you want, as long as you get your feet planted prior to touching the opposing player. Smart screeners know how to do this on the regular.

      • brutl - May 10, 2013 at 5:08 PM

        A player who sets a screen shall not (4) move laterally or toward an opponent being screened, after having assumed a legal position. The screener may move in the same direction and path of the opponent being screened.

        “Smart” players do this all the time, though, because they know it won’t get called every time.

  2. gmsingh - May 10, 2013 at 3:12 PM

    This is the correct call, but I sure don’t get why Taj is the only guy with the fine.

  3. ccshocktalk - May 10, 2013 at 3:17 PM

    Welcome to the NBA where you get ejected for telling a referee to go fck off, but grabbing someone by the neck lands you a flagrant foul max. Two guys get ejected from the Bulls, and nobody gets ejected from the Heat when in fact they delivered more “non-basketball” related fouls.

    • emosnar - May 10, 2013 at 5:41 PM

      Tell me about it. This league is going down the drain if they continue to coddle stars and big city teams and let the refs dictate the outcome of games.

      I don’t live in neither city but I am a die hard NBA fan. Its crazy how this series is being portrayed. Chicago came out game 1 and played a great, strategic, defensive and physical game and won fair and square. Physical does not mean dirty or illegal. Its just good solid strong defense. Chicago has never been known to play dirty defense. Their defense is respected for the most part.

      But after the game, and just like the Knicks and Pacers series, the media theme everyday before the next game is about how physical Chicago (Indiana) was and how is Miami (New York) going to combat that. Well, like the Heat they came out overtly physical on the verge of dirty to the point where it got dirty. The refs knew this game was coming because Miami lost game the first one so they insert their influence on the game in Miami’s favor.

      Its as if Miami and the refs made adjustments against Chicago. Smh. Refs just need to call the game EXACTLY how they see it not based on what kind of reaction they will receive or backlash.

      Miami is a dirty team altogether From Dwayne Wade, Dexter Pitman, Juwan Howard, Chalmers. it goes down the line and spreads to other players. The head of the snake of course is Pat win at all cost Riley. Magic wonders why we don’t see Leroy (Lebron) doing ALL the commercials (as he wants it to be) its because he plays for the new Bad Boys Pistons.

      When talent can’t overcome quality team play and defense, there is always the refs and dirty plays to turn too.

      I’m right, your wrong on this matter.

      • poopstains222222 - May 11, 2013 at 3:37 AM

        Dexter Pittman is no longer on the Heat, and Juwan Howard wears a suit every night. Just sayin’

      • leahcima1 - May 11, 2013 at 12:20 PM

        emosnar you can whine and make all kind of excuses but the results are going to be the same and basketball fans laugh at your absurd conclusions. See you next year. Hopefully you’ll be at full strength, no injuries and no self inflicted ejections, and we’ll see which team is the better one. I’ll take a wild guess and say it’s same team that wins this year.

  4. whoisferg - May 10, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    Seriously? This should’ve resulted in an ejection? C’mon, what kind of sissy sport has the NBA become. A month ago these two teams played and guys were thrown and banged all over the court and this should’ve been an ejection? Get real.
    The only people who think this should’ve gotten Chalmers tossed are Heat haters and Bulls homers.

  5. herkulease - May 10, 2013 at 4:02 PM

    The Tribune article got it wrong. The neck grab wasn’t a called technical on the court. If it was Chalmers wouldn’t have been assessed a 5th personal foul.

    You can see from the video it was initially just called a foul. It wasn’t until Chalmers got into it with Noah that the ref even called a technical. Watch the ref at the bottom.

    The refs in that game was comical at times. How the neck grab was a personal foul initially is beyond me but Birdman’s foul earlier in the game warranted a look a see to be upgraded to a flagrant.

  6. jthammerstix - May 10, 2013 at 4:05 PM

    The nba strongly discourages using logic

    • gmsingh - May 10, 2013 at 4:07 PM

      It’s not their fault–they tried very hard to get Mr. Spock as a consultant.

  7. losanginsight - May 10, 2013 at 6:42 PM

    It’s clear now that stern didn’t want the heat down 0-2 going to Chicago. This was the worst officiated game in NBA history.

    • leahcima1 - May 11, 2013 at 12:22 PM

      Or at least the worst since the last time your team lost and you said the same thing. lol

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