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Nazr Mohammed won’t be fined or suspended for his Game 3 shove of LeBron James

May 12, 2013, 5:13 PM EDT

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Nazr Mohammed was ejected in the second quarter of the Heat’s Game 3 win over the Bulls after delivering a two-handed shove to LeBron James which sent the MVP to the floor.

The play occurred after Mohammed committed a hard foul on James before wrapping him up just past half court, and after James drew a technical foul for tossing Mohammed to the deck once the two had gotten tangled up.

While Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau was fined for his postgame comments regarding the officiating, it appears that Mohammed will avoid further disciplinary action from the league office.

From K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune:

And really, that’s the correct decision.

Mohammed’s play was after the whistle and an ejection for it was certainly warranted. But it was only a shove, after all, and whether the Bulls’ belief that James flopped on the play is true or not, it wasn’t serious enough overall to warrant any additional punishment.

  1. therealkennypowers55 - May 12, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    LeBron flopped after he was pushed…that’s why.

    • jimmymarlinsfan - May 12, 2013 at 5:37 PM

      No, he didn’t. When a 250 pound man shoves you with both arms with momentum on his side, you are going to fall over. It’s called reality. What world do you live in?

    • deavn - May 12, 2013 at 6:41 PM

      Thank you. These Heat fan boys would stick up for Lebron even if he robbed a bank.

      • jimmymarlinsfan - May 12, 2013 at 9:07 PM

        Bank got what it deserved after the bailouts and then not lending

    • pantsfreezone - May 12, 2013 at 6:58 PM

      There’s a fine line between “We play aggressive, hard defense.” and “We take cheap shots because we are overmatched and we know it.”

      The Bulls are grasping at straws as are their fans and the anti-Miami/LeBron. Your team isn’t as good, whether full strength or not, stop whining.

  2. jhuck92 - May 12, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    I’m very surprised. As big of a Bulls fan as I am, I was expecting at least a fine for Nazr. He shoves LeBron (flop or not), but Thibs gets a fine for criticizing the officials? Doesn’t make sense…

    • cantonbound13 - May 12, 2013 at 5:47 PM

      Stern must have taken the weekend off. Maybe on a cruise with Arison. If anyone so much as puts a finger on James they will get banned for life. Stu Jackson will be called into Stern’s office when he gets back.

      • jimmymarlinsfan - May 12, 2013 at 9:08 PM

        Crying another river are you?

      • badintent - May 13, 2013 at 12:59 AM

        Stu Jackson has been on a cruise his whole life.Just ask him

    • gmsingh - May 13, 2013 at 8:09 AM

      What the league is doing is clear: their main focus is to not anyone criticize the fixed officiating. Those are the only fines being handed out.

      • dlbark - May 13, 2013 at 10:42 AM

        Wished that you could be clear. At what point in time in David Stern’s NBA has it been ok to criticize officiating after a game? What is clear is Thibodeau sent Nazr out to goon it up against the Heat to foul whoever had the ball. Nazr was playing center, LeBron was SF so at no point Nazr would have been guarding LeBron on open court. The other problem is that Nazr is NOT an aggressive player so that’s why it’s obvious this was a direction by Thibodeau to use Nazr’s 6 fouls to give. This is the 1st and only time in Nazr’s 15 career he been ejected from a NBA game.

  3. captainwisdom8888 - May 12, 2013 at 5:39 PM

    If Lebron had actually gotten hurt because of his physical altercation with Nazr, than that would have helped the Bulls win this series exponentially more than anything Nazr could actually do playing the game properly. He should have just hooked off on LBJ and gave us all a real show…

    • hatingyourteam - May 12, 2013 at 6:26 PM

      You just summed up the logic of Tom Thibodeau, his team, and The Bulls fanbase. “Play dirty and try to injure the other team so we can have a chance.”

  4. eagles512 - May 12, 2013 at 5:54 PM

    Definitely deserved a fine

  5. hatingyourteam - May 12, 2013 at 6:33 PM

    Everybody wants to talk about LeBron flopping but you have nothing to say about Nazr Mohammed flopping. LeBron threw him to the ground with such force WITH ONE ARM? Ok…

    • gmsingh - May 13, 2013 at 8:10 AM

      So LeBron isn’t one of the physically strongest guys ever to play the game? He goes from being Superman to wimp to suit your agenda. What an effing joke.

  6. heatboy941gatorboy - May 12, 2013 at 6:34 PM

    is absolutely ridiculous the choices people make to sacrifice a team member both teams were already bumping heads from Game two tension was already up between both of them so here I go let me ask you all this do you think that that foul was committed to piss James off intentionally or maybe to hurt James intentionally well my guess is that they sacrificed a team player and did it all on purpose if you ask me just to see how to James would deal with it at the heat of the moment or to see if they could get King James out for good absolutely pathetic if you ask me but hey if I got beat by almost 50 points before James in all of the rest of the starters left out of the game I think I’ll be trying to get James out of there as well.. and what really makes me even worse is that James wasn’t really on fire that night Bosh and Chalmers and Cole all backed up the superstars of the heat and is really becoming superstars of themselves. who would fake flop after being pushed by a 250 pound man I mean like really come on be for real.. lol go heat

    • rtfinch - May 13, 2013 at 8:41 AM

      Or option 3, he was pissed at the elbow lebron threw at him and let his emotions get the best of him? Or is that not an option?

  7. professoressadiesel - May 12, 2013 at 6:49 PM

    Just like DWade deserved a fine or suspension for the push on Darren Collison last year…

  8. Mr. Wright 212 - May 12, 2013 at 7:53 PM

    Nor should he be.

  9. 1972wasalongtimeago - May 12, 2013 at 8:15 PM

    The league shouldn’t suspend Nazr, but the Bulls should. Nazr seriously reduced his team’s chances to win by getting himself thrown out. Did he really think shoving Lebron in that manner was going to help get LeBron off his game, or get LeBron to retaliate? LeBron’s not going to lose a mind game to freaking Abu Nazir. Lebron was playing Nazr’s mind game better than Nazr as he was falling to the floor, and by the time he was on the ground he’d already won

    LeBron is way too smart, way too strong, way too good, way too cool to let any of that nonsense effect him. Best shot you have is to play the game. You play the game the way you’ve been playing, and you might beat him. But you won’t get inside his head with silliness.

    • hatingyourteam - May 12, 2013 at 11:28 PM

      LBJ outsmarted him and he didn’t even know it until he was walking out the arena. Lmfao.

      (Abu Nazir is much smarter than Nazr Mohammed.) lol

    • gmsingh - May 13, 2013 at 8:11 AM

      “LeBron is way too smart”–thanks for my morning belly laugh.

    • rtfinch - May 13, 2013 at 8:43 AM

      why does everything have to be a “mind game” or “cheap shot” why can’t it be he let his emotions get the best of him and went too far and committed a dumb retaliation foul.

  10. infectorman - May 13, 2013 at 2:39 PM

    Bronny looks like he’s squeezing out a mammoth deuce in that pic. Toilets everywhere, fear the Bron

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