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Heat’s Mario Chalmers fined $15,000 for forearm to Blake Griffin’s neck (VIDEO)

Nov 8, 2013, 7:12 PM EDT

In the third quarter of the Heat’s win over the Clippers Thursday, Blake Griffin was setting a pick for Chris Paul and Mario Chalmers decided to fight through it — with his forearm up, catching Blake Griffin in the neck.

Friday the league announced a $15,000 fine for Chalmers for the play.

Not a shock, he had to know seconds after a fine was coming. I don’t think it was malicious, but the league can’t allow that to go unpunished (no, a foul call was not enough).

  1. kinglorious - Nov 8, 2013 at 7:29 PM

    unintentional? that was a scumbag move.

    • spthegr8 - Nov 8, 2013 at 8:13 PM

      I’m not a fan of Griffin but that was BEYOND dirty, should’ve been suspended for it. What really Tilts me about it is, if Rio ran into Blake @ a bar, without his teammates & the refs too break it up. He would have nothing but the UTMOST RESPECT for Blake. Just Sayin’!!!

      • spthegr8 - Nov 8, 2013 at 8:19 PM

        This really started like 2yrs ago I believe. ( don’t quote me on that ) They were playing in L.A and these 2 got into it. I don’t know why Mario is fronting. He knows DAMN well that, he would get MANGLED!!

      • antistratfordian - Nov 8, 2013 at 8:28 PM

        It wasn’t “beyond” dirty. It was just dirty. Bynum on Barea or Artest on Harden was BEYOND dirty. This was nothing. It was mean spirited, but he obviously didn’t go full throttle on it like he could have. Griffin just sold the call well.

      • spthegr8 - Nov 8, 2013 at 8:52 PM

        @anti
        Those other plays you mentioned were BEYOND DIRTY also. If your trying to tell me that a BLATANT elbow to the neck is nothing, than you are most BIASED HOMER on this board!! How can you watch that video & say that??? WOOOOOW!!!!

      • captainwisdom8888 - Nov 8, 2013 at 9:01 PM

        hahaha he said griffin sold the call well. ill throw a forearm to your throw and well see what ur sellin

      • antistratfordian - Nov 8, 2013 at 9:17 PM

        Puh-lease, captainwisdom. Rio pulled back almost immediately – Griffin’s reaction is delayed a fraction of a second. He wasn’t hurt in the least. Blake was trying to get a major call and almost succeeded.

        If Rio wanted to knock Griffin’s head off he could’ve, but he wasn’t trying to. If he was trying to floor him he wouldn’t have retracted his elbow and jumped back – he would’ve pushed it up and through. But that wasn’t his intent. He was just sending a little message, like Pierce’s “bump” on LeBron in the preseason.

        The fine here is appropriate.

        In the case of Barea and Harden both of those guys laid on the floor for several minutes after getting blindsided by unrestrained blows that fully intended to cause as much damage as possible.

      • belleby123 - Nov 9, 2013 at 7:48 AM

        captainwisdom8888 – Nov 8, 2013 at 9:01 PM
        > hahaha he said griffin sold the call well.

        I agree–Griffin faking a smashed adam’s apple was a smart move.

    • pbfl1 - Nov 11, 2013 at 1:31 PM

      did any of you even watch the game?? that was retaliation for when wade had a break away dunk and blake came from behind and grabbed his wrist and sent him to the floor. rio was doing what the heat will always do, which is payback if u mess with one of them. you guys need to quit ur baby ass whining and growthe –up

  2. miamatt - Nov 8, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    Super Mario was just a tryin’ to make-ada mushroom pop out…

  3. captainwisdom8888 - Nov 8, 2013 at 7:42 PM

    Clearly a scumbag maneuver…I’m not sure how anybody could possibly think otherwise. Everyone knows that significant contact often occurs between the man setting the pick and the guy that is “fighting through” the pick, but I cannot conceive how lifting one’s arm and shoving your forearm into the neck of an opposing player can be considered a “basketball move.”

    There’s a very good reason you don’t see more players doing this…and there’s a very good reason why the player in question was fined 15 G’s. The league decided that this action WAS IN FACT malicious enough to warrant such a fine, and they issued this penalty in hopes of it being a deterrent against players doing this in the future.

    • sprint32 - Nov 9, 2013 at 1:50 PM

      Any hit above the neck will be fined. Rio not a dirty. If league thought it was malicious they would have suspend him and fine him a hell of a lot more than $15000. Griffin didnt even react like it was malicious. Calm down

  4. jzone954 - Nov 8, 2013 at 7:43 PM

    Rio stop with the cheap shot like that bro, elbows to the throat is a bit much. #heatles

  5. basketballgod87 - Nov 8, 2013 at 7:44 PM

    he need to be fined for flopping because he does every game

  6. antistratfordian - Nov 8, 2013 at 8:14 PM

    Rio was real feisty in that game. He had something going on with Chris Paul – I don’t know what, but there was a stretch there when he was getting into it with him and a few other Clippers players.

    I guess he was trying to prove that he’s a top 10 PG to be reckoned with… :)

  7. sfsugator - Nov 8, 2013 at 8:51 PM

    Griffin is always getting punked

    • beach305 - Nov 8, 2013 at 10:37 PM

      Yeah, wasn’t it some of griffins teammates saying that he needs to stand up and fight back. Me, thinks griffin is in the same mold as jonathan Martin.

  8. jerdogthompson - Nov 9, 2013 at 12:30 AM

    Should have been a flagrant 2 period.

    Chalmers is a Litte bizatch with his nose soooo far up lebrons arse he can see through his eyes. This ain’t over not by a long shot. Watch ur back little bizatch.

    Warm regards,
    Blake

  9. kavika6 - Nov 9, 2013 at 3:16 AM

    Dirtiest team in the league.

  10. belleby123 - Nov 9, 2013 at 7:56 AM

    The video wasn’t clear: did Wade fall down on that play too?

  11. belleby123 - Nov 9, 2013 at 7:58 AM

    And the fixed NBA officiating continues: don’t call a flagrant 2, which would affect the game, just fine the guy afterwards. Did anybody listen to what Reggie said?

    • reesesteel23 - Nov 9, 2013 at 9:50 AM

      LOL if you’re taking anything Reggie says and runs with it, you just started watching basketball

      • belleby123 - Nov 10, 2013 at 8:35 AM

        Reggie is an excellent commentor. You sound like you’d make an excellent garbage man.

  12. miamatt - Nov 9, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    It was a reckless, dangerous play by Chalmers and the fine was justified. But everything looks terrible in slow motion, and this was in no way shape or form on par with “worst of the worst” style flagrants we’ve seen.

    If you really want to go after Chalmers or the Heat as a team for this, you also have to acknowledge that Griffin greatly exaggerated the contact. If it was Shane Battier, Dwayne Wade, or LeBron James flying back like that on an identical play, 90% of the comments would be something akin to “FLOP”. So let’s not act like Heat fans are homers and all other commenters are unbiased. A foul that deserves a fine, and a flop. That’s what happened there. A scumbag move? A clear flagrant two? You can believe that if you wish, but don’t act like everybody else needs to believe the same thing.

  13. ProBasketballPundit - Nov 9, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    Griffin’s a little b****. I can’t believe he would let Chalmers get away with that. And where are his teammates to back him up? This team needs some of the 2008 Celtics type toughness.

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