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Ian Mahinmi’s hard Game 1 foul on LeBron upgraded to a flagrant one (VIDEO)

May 24, 2013, 3:29 PM EDT

Early in the fourth quarter of the Heat’s Game 1 win over the Pacers, Ian Mahinmi grabbed LeBron James by the arm as he went up for the shot, causing James to fall a bit awkwardly as he crashed to the floor.

It was ruled as a common foul at the time, but has since been upgraded to a flagrant one, reports Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

It was a very similar play to the one Manu Ginobili was called for in the Spurs’ Game 2 win over the Grizzlies. In each instance, a player had elevated for a shot, and the defender grabbed and held the off arm to prevent the easy two points.

James may have slightly exaggerated the contact with the extra roll once he hit the deck, but it wasn’t nearly to the embarrassing level that Tony Allen took it to in trying to convince the referees that the foul he received was far more serious than it actually was.

  1. 4thquartermagic - May 24, 2013 at 3:33 PM

    How come they didn’t go back and downgrade Manu’s flagrant 1?

    I love the irony of the HOF flopper being done in by Tony Allen flopping but the review of the footage should result in Manu getting a regular foul on the play.

    • hannsta - May 24, 2013 at 6:51 PM

      Making no attempt on the ball in a move that put someone at risk is a flagrant no matter what. While Allen embellished the landing, it is still pretty obviously flagrant worthy.

  2. explosionsauce - May 24, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    I wonder how hard Kurt Helin had to lobby for this.

    • Kurt Helin - May 24, 2013 at 3:39 PM

      Yes, I certainly have that kind of pull with the league office. I also elected the new Pope and got Fallon to replace Leno.

      • explosionsauce - May 24, 2013 at 3:40 PM

        Hahaha. Well done sir

      • acdc363 - May 24, 2013 at 7:19 PM


  3. packhawk04 - May 24, 2013 at 4:00 PM

    Remember when there was a good, hard playoff foul? I do.

    • 1972sxwife - May 24, 2013 at 5:34 PM

      Remember when the NBA wasn’t played by pansies?

  4. chrismt79 - May 24, 2013 at 4:04 PM

    For the amount of punishment/contact Lebron takes on a regular basis, I don’t mind him getting a call or two his way. Plus it take energy to stop yourself from carrying your momentum, sometimes its best just to ride out the foul.

    • stlouis1baseball - May 24, 2013 at 4:38 PM

      Yep…Lebron never gets a call or two his way.
      Bird, Magic, MJ, Kobe, etc… same thing.
      Those guys had to work harder than anyone for every free throw they ever shot. Poor bastards.

  5. ProBasketballPundit - May 24, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    Tony Allen should be suspended for that ridiculous display, writhing around for half a minute grabbing his head like he fractured something. Sometimes a fine isn’t enough. I actually agree with how both fouls were called. Tony Allen was physically pulled down to the ground, making it a flagrant. LeBron was grabbed hard, but not pulled back down… common foul.

    • brutl - May 24, 2013 at 5:26 PM

      It’s the same foul. How can you say he was not pulled down?
      For all this talk of the Heat bandwagon, in public and on here it seems like the hater wagon is way more full.

      • ProBasketballPundit - May 25, 2013 at 2:00 PM

        Hate to break it to you, brutl, but I’ve been a LeBron James fan since 2005. I live in Charlotte, but I buy the league pass so I can watch most of LeBron’s games. But I’m objective and I can admit when a foul against him isn’t flagrant.

    • bougin89 - May 24, 2013 at 5:29 PM

      I agree. It was a hard foul on his arm but why is this a flagrant? Lebron flopped across the floor after the foul, that wasn’t Mahinmi pulling/pushing him to the floor. Whats next, do we have no touching rules coming?

  6. 1972sxwife - May 24, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    King Flopper

  7. 1972sxwife - May 24, 2013 at 5:40 PM

    Let’s see, Shane Battier knees Roy Hibbert, Norris Cole sucker punches David West in the nuts & the NBA rules this a flagrant? David Stern staying loyal to the Heat.

    • philtration - May 25, 2013 at 12:53 AM

      In a game against the Bulls, Wade fouled Noah and it was not called but to make it worse Wade followed up the foul by taking a swing at Noah and that was not called either.
      Of course as soon as Noah called Wade an “a**hole” Noah was Ted up and Wade walked away with a smirk on his face.

      This has been the league’s policy with the Heat for the last three years.

  8. joeksnuffy - May 24, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    This is pure “protect the star” BS. Tony Allen’s flagrant was a real flagrant. This is because it was a high speed situation with Allen already airborn when his arm was grabbed and pulled. The only thing Allen embellished was how hurt he was after the fall. The fall itself was genuine. The foul was quite dangerous.

    Contrast that with LeBron’s play. This was low-speed. LeBron embellished the fall to make it look worse than it was by flailing his body around as he was in the air. The referees reviewed it and saw that. That’s why it was a normal foul.

    These were two different plays. The refs reviewed both and made the correct call on both. I agree that Allen should be fined by faking the head injury. But, the calls were correct.

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