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Mario Chalmers picks up flagrant foul elbowing Tony Parker (VIDEO)

Jun 9, 2014, 12:32 AM EDT

SAN ANTONIO — The game was not decided with 6:43 left in the fourth quarter.

But when San Antonio looks back at blown opportunities in Game 2 of the NBA Finals, this sequence will come to mind.

Mario Chalmers (who has struggled these Finals) was driving the lane when he elbowed Tony Parker in the gut. After the game LeBron James and other Heat players tried to say that the elbow was inadvertent, it certainly didn’t look like that to me. That was intentional and deserved a flagrant.

Tony Parker went to the line and missed both.

“(Pain from the blow) definitely affected me but I’m a little frustrated, should have made them,” Parker said after the game.

San Antonio got the ball out of bounds, ran a play where Tim Duncan got the ball in the paint and was fouled while shooting. He went to the line and then missed his shots.

Four missed free throws on one play.

At the other end, LeBron James knocked down a three.

San Antonio had been up two and could have been up six, instead one possession later they were behind by one.

It was a blown opportunity.

  1. antistratfordian - Jun 9, 2014 at 12:46 AM

    It’s tough when it comes to a Spurs player writhing on the floor – you don’t know if they’re really hurt or if they’re flopping to sell the flagrant.

    • babyfarkmcgeezax - Jun 9, 2014 at 1:13 AM

      What’s up, logicalvoices

      • antistratfordian - Jun 9, 2014 at 1:15 AM

        Are you being serious? Do you think I am him, or just that I remind you of him?

      • bucrightoff - Jun 9, 2014 at 9:01 AM

        Anti was too busying lapping up LeBron’s nuts to see Wade’s egrious, historically awful flop. Anything less than a $10,000 fine is a disgrace.

    • limonadamas - Jun 9, 2014 at 1:26 AM

      You cannot be serious…

    • eugenesaxe1 - Jun 9, 2014 at 3:50 AM

      1-You can’t “flop” if you’ve just taken a flagrant foul, you’ve legit been hit pretty good.
      2-I think you meant to say “Heat player” cough*Wade/LBJ*cough

      • antistratfordian - Jun 9, 2014 at 4:34 AM

        Sometimes whether it’s a flagrant or not depends on how the player reacts to the hit. The ref is reading the player. So you can sell a flagrant.

        I’m not saying it happened here, but it happens.

      • kinggw - Jun 9, 2014 at 10:39 AM

        You can definitely flop, even if you’ve received a flagrant foul. Chalmers didn’t wind up and hit Parker. He was trying to stop Parker from holding him and Parker embellished the contact.

      • savvybynature - Jun 9, 2014 at 1:29 PM

        King, Chalmers did wind up and elbow Parker, and Parker wasn’t even touching him at the time.
        In fact, the reason it probably hurt so much was because Parker’s arms were up in the air, so his chest was completely exposed.
        You Heat fans are seriously delusional.

    • draconian1111 - Jun 9, 2014 at 5:20 AM

      Actually, whether he was really hurt or not is irrelevant. What IS relevant is that an elbow was thrown – with intent – and it made contact. It WAS a cheap shot – period. That foul sold itself as flagrant and anyone with respect for the game, regardless of what team they root for – would say it was a cheap shot.
      The Heat are a good team – but this thug ball? Sorry – can’t respect it, at all. And, not to mention, Chalmers got a flagrant against the Pacers too – guess he just can’t help himself….

      • nard100 - Jun 9, 2014 at 9:25 AM

        I like the Heat, but that was uncalled for. He will be fined no doubt. It might be time for him to sit out this series.

      • rodyaugu - Jun 9, 2014 at 9:48 AM

        it was cheap shot, but it’s basketball, players throw elbow all the time. Was it thug ball when Manu hit Lebron in throat with the elbow in game 6 last finals?

      • antistratfordian - Jun 9, 2014 at 6:43 PM

        Well it was unintentional in that he wasn’t trying to hurt Parker – he was just asking Tony in an old school way to give him a little space.

        TP decided to take it to the next level and act like he took a left hook to the liver from Mike Tyson. Which is entirely fair – that’s been in the game for decades – but it’s still a flop.

    • kavika6 - Jun 9, 2014 at 7:04 AM

      You’ve got to be kidding. Wade is the king of flops in this series. Did you not notice the one in particular where Ginobili slapped the ball and Wade threw his head back as if he were in a car accident?

      • duhwighthoward - Jun 9, 2014 at 9:35 AM

        antistratfordian did not see it. He was too busy trying to look up LeBron James’ shorts.

      • antistratfordian - Jun 9, 2014 at 6:45 PM

        That’s minor compared to what the Spurs have been doing. Tiago Splitter has suddenly evolved into an elite flopper. But this is completely expected on a team full of Euro and South American players. Ginobili and Parker are all time great floppers.

  2. khmerson562 - Jun 9, 2014 at 12:58 AM

    Dirty player

    • antistratfordian - Jun 9, 2014 at 1:13 AM

      People like to say that the league has gone soft, but players are still finding stealthy ways to get their shots in. Serge Ibaka is a great example. http://wp.me/p3L1dS-e6

  3. tombstone7 - Jun 9, 2014 at 1:57 AM

    Mario Chalmers was very cheap on that play…..He would have never done that to MWP….METTA WORLD PEACE. ….playoffs or not!

    • nard100 - Jun 9, 2014 at 10:21 AM

      That being said, he got poked in the eye by Duncan in the same game.

  4. zerole00 - Jun 9, 2014 at 2:05 AM

    Uh yeah, that one was intentional.

  5. draconian1111 - Jun 9, 2014 at 2:05 AM

    Would rather lose than be a fan of that – total cheap shot.
    Should be suspended – fully intentional, in a competitive game, and done for competitive advantage.
    Thug ball

    • kavika6 - Jun 9, 2014 at 7:06 AM

      How could this comment get so many thumbs down? The band-wagoners are busy tonight.

      • ProBasketballPundit - Jun 9, 2014 at 10:31 AM

        Because it’s a thinly veiled excuse for Heat-hating. He’s taking something an individual did and turning it into a team philosophy; which it’s not. I don’t like what Mario Chalmers did to Parker… but I won’t let it stop me from rooting for LeBron or whoever else on the team.

      • miamatt - Jun 9, 2014 at 4:23 PM

        It gets thumbs down b/c it is soft soft soft.

        It’s a questionable flagrant foul to begin with, Parker apparently dying on the court had as much to do with the call as anything.

        I know today’s NBA isn’t like the old days, but c’mon… a suspension? That’s pathetic.

    • condor75 - Jun 9, 2014 at 8:45 AM

      Well I think you got your wish, stop crying

    • jaydm84 - Jun 9, 2014 at 8:59 AM

      SOFT!

    • barkley4life - Jun 9, 2014 at 9:19 AM

      No you wouldn’t so stop your holier than thou nonsense. All teams have players that do the same. All teams have habitual floppers on their team.

      If you’re whining about flops etc and only point to DWade and the Spurs have Diaw Ginobilli Bellinelli and Splitter on the team youre just a biased agenda fueled moron that needs to grow up.

      The Splitter flop on James trying to draw a flagrant in Game 1 was the worst flop in the playoffs and he was intentionally trying to draw that.

      Stop your nonsense.

      • duhwighthoward - Jun 9, 2014 at 9:38 AM

        “you’re just a biased agenda fueled moron that needs to grow up” – sounds like something said in the Bush household.

      • bucrightoff - Jun 9, 2014 at 10:04 AM

        Dude, Wade’s flop was historically awful. Like it’s not Ginobli touched him in the shoulder and Wade flopped his head back. He didn’t touch him AT ALL and Wade flopped his head back. Heat fans are not basketball fans, they are Heat fans. They are a diservice to the game of basketball.

      • jimeejohnson - Jun 9, 2014 at 11:16 AM

        Duhmahn: best comment ever!

    • rodyaugu - Jun 9, 2014 at 9:53 AM

      Was it thug ball when Ginobili throat checked Lebron in game 6 last finals, when he saw the title was slipping away from the spurs?

  6. campcouch - Jun 9, 2014 at 4:03 AM

    Parker folded like a crepe.

  7. tomtravis76 - Jun 9, 2014 at 5:18 AM

    Tony Parker giving everyone a preview of what we will see during the upcoming world cup.

  8. cantonbound13 - Jun 9, 2014 at 6:39 AM

    So Chalmers is taking Dirty Wade’s place as the goon?

  9. kavika6 - Jun 9, 2014 at 7:08 AM

    Give Chalmers the MVP for taking out Parker. Where is the fine? That and Wade’s flops should earn the league some money tomorrow.

  10. deeballer - Jun 9, 2014 at 7:24 AM

    The Spurs have a malfunctioning AC system and the Heat have an errant elbow. Lets call it a wash.

  11. finsfan71 - Jun 9, 2014 at 7:52 AM

    Dirty. That is all.

  12. jaydm84 - Jun 9, 2014 at 8:58 AM

    Didn’t look that bad. He’s just weak like every other European player. Worse cause he’s french.

  13. robigd - Jun 9, 2014 at 9:53 AM

    Zbo was suspended game 7 for hitting someone. Wonder if NBA will do the same to Chalmers next game. Doubt it.

    • kinggw - Jun 9, 2014 at 10:44 AM

      Randolph hit someone above the neck, you people should be ashamed trying to conflate the two.

      • savvybynature - Jun 9, 2014 at 1:33 PM

        I’d rather get pushed in the face than elbowed to my exposed ribs.
        Actually, I’d much rather get pushed in the face. Elbows hurt. A lot.
        I’ve never been hurt by being pushed.

  14. nard100 - Jun 9, 2014 at 10:24 AM

    Suspending Chalmers would be a blessing at this point considering what he’s contributed to the finals. Have at it NBA!

    • rodyaugu - Jun 9, 2014 at 4:14 PM

      That wasn’t enough to warrant a suspension.

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