The fallout from the physical Game 2 between the Bulls and the Heat continues, as this shot to the neck of Joakim Noah delivered by Mario Chalmers in the third quarter has been reviewed by the league and upgraded to a flagrant foul.
While the review is nice, these are the types of plays I wouldn’t mind seeing punished much more harshly at the time they occur, and I’d even go as far as to say this one should have resulted in an immediate ejection.
Why? We talked about it a bit on the podcast. This is not a basketball play, and is only meant to injure or intimidate. It’s made worse in context, after so much had happened already in the first half.
Moreover, the game was effectively over with Miami leading by 26 points at the time — making this play, which took place on a screen a good 25 feet from the basket, completely unnecessary.
Stephen Curry dumps ice on mid-interview Klay Thompson, who says ‘I’m still hot’ (video)
The Celtics couldn’t have asked for a much better look on their final possession, but Al Horford missed this layup to give the Rockets a 107-106 win last night.
Maybe Isaiah Thomas should have gone to the line for getting pushed over by Montrezl Harrell, but I’m not 100% sure Harrell should’ve been called for a foul. Besides, that Thomas screen sprung Horford for the layup. I’d take my chances with that barely contested close-range shot.
Michael Beasley, Davis Bertans ejected from Bucks/Spurs for being third/fourth into altercation
This should have been the usual NBA altercation — two guys jawing with nothing physical happening because teammates step in, everyone does their posturing, and we move along. Monday night in the Spurs eventual win over the Bucks, Greg Monroe and Dewayne Dedmon got tangled up going for a rebound, Dedmon threw a little elbow, Monroe pushed him off, and the two started the well choreographed NBA dance.