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Mario Chalmers picks up flagrant foul for shoving C.J. Watson (VIDEO)

May 18, 2014, 5:49 PM EDT

Early in the fourth quarter of Game 1 between the Heat and the Pacers, Mario Chalmers shoved C.J. Watson as he elevated to score on a fast break, and predictably, Watson went flying into the table situated along the baseline.

The call was a personal foul for the earlier contact Chalmers made on the play, with a flagrant-one tacked on following the review by the officials.

Really a silly foul by Chalmers here, considering the Heat were surging a bit and had trimmed a lead that reached as many as 19 points to within a more manageable margin.

  1. ProBasketballPundit - May 18, 2014 at 6:10 PM

    Weird play. Watson got 3 free throws because there was a shooting foul AND a flagrant foul… and he would have received a 4th free throw if he missed one of them. I’ve never heard of that. Starting to feel the urge to read all the NBA rules.

    • rodyaugu - May 18, 2014 at 7:26 PM

      It’s seems like a rule they pull out of thin air to justify a blunder by the refs. If this is really a rule, how come Jeff, Jax, and Breen didn’t know about it. I mean these guys have seen hundreds of flagrant fouls in their broadcasting and coaching careers. Whoever wrote the nba rule book wrote in a way, that nba front office can interpret it anyway they want, and the media got no choice, but to run with it. If this is really a rule in the nba book, it must be a rule they enforce 1 out 100 times.

  2. ddpenny - May 18, 2014 at 6:34 PM

    free throws: PAC 29-37, Heat 10-15. lead is only 11.

    • jkirby317 - May 18, 2014 at 7:44 PM

      Pacers 107- Heat 96.
      The final score is what matters and Indiana gets the “W!”

      • ddpenny - May 18, 2014 at 8:12 PM

        those kind of fouls, yes.

      • jkirby317 - May 19, 2014 at 11:26 AM

        Chalmers should have been ejected. What a bum!

  3. cantonbound13 - May 18, 2014 at 6:38 PM

    If they’re not flopping, they’re playing dirty.

    • jkirby317 - May 18, 2014 at 7:45 PM


  4. soflasfinest - May 18, 2014 at 7:07 PM

    Charmin soft. Idk if I’m watching the playoffs or my daughters slip And slide

  5. eugenesaxe1 - May 18, 2014 at 7:13 PM

    Chalmers must’ve thought he was wade.

    • apkyletexas - May 19, 2014 at 1:21 AM

      A-hole move by Chalmers. Two handed push in the back – even Robert Horry only one-arm forearm-checked Steve Nash’s head into the scorers table back in the day. Two hands and he could have split Nash’s melon open.

      • eugenesaxe1 - May 19, 2014 at 5:24 AM

        I’m surprised it didn’t get a flagrant-2, there’s no way you can defend doing that except he wanted to mess someone up.

  6. dacapt704 - May 18, 2014 at 9:09 PM

    Guys like Lebron and Blake Griffin routinely get fouled like that but because they dont fly to the ground its rarely called a flagrant..just sayin

    (NOT a Heat or Clippers fan, just an objective bball fan)

    • jasoschmidt - May 18, 2014 at 10:21 PM

      dacapt……..did you really just say that Lebron and Blake Griffin don’t fly to the ground when they get fouled hard? Those 2 fly to the ground when they barely get touched!!
      Google “Lebron flopping” or Blake Griffin flopping”…they may be the top 2 guys who would fly to the ground….hard foul or not!

      • dacapt704 - May 19, 2014 at 9:52 AM

        Unlike you and those 17 other yokels who gave Thumbs Up, I don’t watch SportsCenter for highlights…I have the NBA package and actually WATCH games. Go back to the series vs OKC and look at how many times BG was pushed to the ground or thrown down, didn’t see any flops…NOT saying they don’t flop but honestly its hard to blame them when they just want to draw the call. The problem is that they are both (along with D12) so big & strong when they get hacked it doesn’t have the same impact as it would on a CJ Watson so they don’t get the benefit of the call. So if they have to sell it a bit to draw the same penalty as another player, so be it. If the refs were more fair, that wouldn’t be an issue.

        Still think the flop thing is overblown when you have guys leaving their feet..not talking about a “Duke” flop (coming from a Duke fan) trying to draw a charge…

  7. naterich21 - May 18, 2014 at 9:16 PM

    When I first saw that in real time, I didn’t think it was a flagrant at all. It was more of how he fell and all the stuff in his way.

    I’m really sick of cameraman and other crap so close to the sidelines

  8. campcouch - May 19, 2014 at 12:20 AM

    Yeah he gave him a little push,but Watson squared up enough to make an attempt then went down like he was shot. Chalmers pushes slightly,Watson is under control,then he flails and falls. Mario must be hitting the gym hard!

  9. urodaddy07 - May 19, 2014 at 1:07 AM

    Don’t see a flagrant here

  10. packhawk04 - May 19, 2014 at 9:41 AM

    Chalmers may have cost the heat the game by being a thug.

  11. john242322 - May 19, 2014 at 11:29 AM

    I love how the Heat fans say “i dont see the flagrant foul here” or “that was a flop”…Well I wanna know, how can you possibly miss the flagrant here? Watch the play. Watson is running full speed, and just as he takes off to jump for the basket, Chalmers pulls a typical Heat play and shoves watson into the table. Dirty as can be. Any player (including LBJ) that is running full speed and gets shoved right as they’re jumping would have the exact same reaction as C.J..No flopping here, just a dirty play by a dirty player

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