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Boozer's flagrant turned things for Miami

Posted on: May 25, 2011 12:39 am
Posted by Royce Young

There was a lot of talk prior to Game 4 that the Bulls needed to send a physical message to the Heat. That whether it be Taj Gibson, Omer Asik, Kurt Thomas or someone else, the first Miami player to cruise down the lnae needed to take a clobbering.

That's what a lot of people thought.

That kind of thing can work a lot of the time to fire up a team and send a message. But it's about picking spots. The correct spots, that is. And Carlos Boozer did not pick a good spot for a flagrant foul.

Chicago was leading 77-74 with 4:40 remaining as Chris Bosh went at the rim. He got a clear path because Joakim Noah overplayed a pass and slipped and Boozer rotated (properly) over to help. He fouled Bosh preventing two easy points, but for some reason followed through with his left arm and shoved Bosh to the floor.

Boom, flagrant one.

What Miami got was two free throws and possession of the ball which turned into four points and a one-point lead. Just like that.

Was it a semi-weak flagrant? Yeah, probably. Not the most malicious thing ever and Bosh sold it pretty hard. But there's no doubt it was correctly called. Boozer's foul was excessive and there was no need for him to extend his left forearm out like that. Plus, it was up around the shoulders and any time that happens, you're getting nailed.

Wrong place, wrong time for Boozer to try and show he was tough. Kind of typical of him to mess up in a big moment I guess. That decision by Boozer didn't cost the Bulls the game by any means but that was definitely a swing play in the game. Miami picked up four points and the lead off of one bad foul.

That foul in the first quarter might've had a reverse effect. It might've sent a message and rallied his team. But in crunch time when points were the most valuable thing in the game, it was just pretty much stupid.

Since: Mar 10, 2009
Posted on: May 25, 2011 6:19 pm

Boozer's flagrant turned things for Miami

I really don't care if the call was good or bad, or whatever. And I think Boozer has ALWAYS played and made decisions well below his potential, with occasional, brief flashes of brilliance. 

The point I'd like to make is this:


Oh, and David Stern? You can do a lot better to make the officiating fair. I'm not convinced that any team gets favored, but all-stars certainly do, and that's got to stop.  

Since: Sep 16, 2010
Posted on: May 25, 2011 4:07 pm

Boozer's flagrant turned things for Miami

Of course it's always the officiating.  What about Rose's miss at the charity stripe?  Hit that ONE and the thing doesn't have to go into OT...(Hmmm, reminds me of a time a few years back when Rose had a chance to ice a game at the most critical time - THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP!)  MVP should stop trying to be the superstar and look for the open shot.  There you have it Bullcrap fans...Time to man up and stop looking to displace the blame.

Since: Nov 20, 2007
Posted on: May 25, 2011 4:05 pm

Boozer's flagrant turned things for Miami

Look at the replay. This was *NOT* a borderline call. Boozer shoved Bosh in the face hard down to the floor well after the ball was already released. This type of play was unnecessary and could easily cause injury. There was not any attempto to make a play on the ball with that follow through. This was the correct call and should be made every time. A fine should come along with this flagrant. If you want to prevent a layup, wrap the player up. Can't get shot off but you also prevent trying to injur the guy as well. Korver did that earlier on a Heat fast break. Correctly called just a 2-shot foul.

Since: Jan 23, 2007
Posted on: May 25, 2011 3:27 pm

Boozer's flagrant turned things for Miami

Last time I checked USA Jim the Heat hasn't won anything!

Since: Jan 9, 2010
Posted on: May 25, 2011 2:35 pm

Boozer's flagrant turned things for Miami

A flagrant foul doesn't have to be hard to be a flagrant foul.  Boozer clearly used his left arm to push Bosh. Was it necessary for the play? NO...therefore...flagrant.

Since: Sep 30, 2010
Posted on: May 25, 2011 2:17 pm

Boozer's flagrant turned things for Miami

Very typical....and SO ABSURD. The people complaining must be teenagers or younger....they wouldn't be complaing if the Heat were getting the bad calls now would they.
I am beginning to believe that TRUE basketball fans are not found here nor are they over the age of 18 with comments like this.

The Heat are going to dominate the NBA for the next 5-6 years (barring major injuries)..just like the Yankees were supposed to do in baseball.
We're here, we're get use to it!

Since: Jan 23, 2007
Posted on: May 25, 2011 2:14 pm

Boozer's flagrant turned things for Miami

First that was a hard foul borderline flagrant but it better be a no doubter when you call it in the last 4+ minutes of a 3 point playoff game. I have watched a ton of basketball games in my life and I have seen things I have never seen before in the NBA Calls several seconds after a play, an inbound pass going off an officals hand and the team getting the ball back, and the worst which no one is talking about, Game 1 The Heat inbound the ball with 6 players on the court take a few dribbles and the refs call a "do over" WTH??? Kerr & Reggie even asked why a "T" wasn't called. NBA officiating is a joke.

Since: May 25, 2011
Posted on: May 25, 2011 1:15 pm

Boozer's flagrant turned things for Miami

Both teams shot and rebounded about the same. Chicago had more assists as well as a few more turnovers. The difference in this game was the +16 free throws Miami got, 15 of which they made. Free throws-per-foul is off the chart for Miami in this game.

Since: Dec 3, 2009
Posted on: May 25, 2011 12:59 pm

Boozer's flagrant turned things for Miami

Really didn't expect this from Bulls fans to blame refs for loosing.  I'm pretty sure the Bulls got away with some questionable calls as well, plus I guess it was the refs that forced you to pass an inbounds play in overtime out of bounds, as well as the othre countless mistakes throughout this series.  Typical.

Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: May 25, 2011 12:27 pm

Boozer's flagrant turned things for Miami

I've seen worst foul than that that the ref doesn't call. It look bad depending on which angle you're looking at and definately a foul but not a flagrant foul. I think Rose should have pass the ball to Deng on the final play in regular time instead of trying a bad shot or drive the ball to the basket and hopefully get a foul call or something. As soon as it went into ot, I knew it was over for the Bulls.

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