Heat Playoffs: Watch LeBron Get Elbowed in the Throat Before Winning Game Two

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Late in the fourth quarter, with the Heat clinging to a three-point lead, LeBron James drove to the basket looking to ice it. Instead, LBJ was given something completely different to worry about icing -- his throat. The Bobcats' Josh McRoberts met LeBron and his neck at the basket, sending LeBron sprawling to the floor gasping for air.

No flagrant foul was called. No review happened. No harm, no flagrant foul. Mainly because NBA officials can identify a flagrant about as well as your grandpa can spot Kendrick Lamar.

LeBron instead went to the line on a common foul call and missed one of his two free throws, leaving the Bobcats with a chance to steal the win. It was yet another instance this season when LeBron was the victim of a "nonbasketball play," yet no penalty was assessed by the referees.

The Heat ended up holding on for a 101-97 win over the Bobcats, giving Miami a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series as the team heads to Charlotte for games three and four. It's quite possible the Bobcats' McRoberts will be suspended for the game, as the NBA is able to go back and review such fouls, called live or otherwise, and retroactively assess punishment and fines.

LeBron, head still attached, finished with 32 points, eight assists, six rebounds, and four steals. Chris Bosh had a helluva game too, hitting four of five threes and scoring 22 points. It seemed like every Bosh shot down the stretch stopped the Bobcats from Bobcatting their way back into the game.

It's clear at this point that players have decided it seems like a good idea to challenge LeBron at the basket, only to realize once he is right up on them that they have chosen poorly. Then, in an attempt to continue a life of eating solid foods, they throw their bones into his general direction. It seems as if the death of Jason Terry last season has caused players to take extra precautions.

Coach Erik Spoelstra was asked after the game if the officials gave him any explanation for the call on the play and why a flagrant was not given to McRoberts. Apparently, the explanation he received was less than satisfying.

Others didn't get it either, including the Iron Sheik. NBA officials definitely have the big-time Tic Tac balls, Bubba.

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31 comments
Jeffrey Knight
Jeffrey Knight

At least, the league assessed a $20K fine on the assailant. It's something.

SedonaSherpa
SedonaSherpa

I lost $15 grand on this game because Steve Stevens at VIP Sports Las Vegas told me to take this bet hand-over-fist - with the minus  - 10 pts/ Heat.

Anthony Fuda
Anthony Fuda

BS that was a clear F-2 automatic ejection!!!

Orlando Martinez Jr.
Orlando Martinez Jr.

NBA needs to get involve n suspend McRobert for a game to send a strong message

James Kelley
James Kelley

Ya this crap is really getting out of hand. jk

Dave Basora
Dave Basora

Ish, I'll use the word hater as I please, and more importantly, if it fits. And my use of it here in my previous comment meets that criteria. Don't like it? tough

Ismael Antonio Sanabria
Ismael Antonio Sanabria

Shut the fuck. You have subhuman intelligence. You must resort to profanity to "get your point across". You are a pathetic species of a shit mound.

Joshua Sobero Flores
Joshua Sobero Flores

Lakers fans are hilarious. #fuckthelakers Have a great time watching the finals

Roger Rimada
Roger Rimada

Anyone that REALLY KNOWS basketball like fucking John Wooden up there. Thank God we have him around to teach us via his moronic comments in this fucking Facebook thread!!! Dumbass.

Ismael Antonio Sanabria
Ismael Antonio Sanabria

He is a flopper. Everyone knows that. It's a fact. But however he's not the only one. A lot of players deceive refs just to get a call.

John Leblanc
John Leblanc

People always say he's a flopper or a cry baby. Wtf is this bull. Oh well, 3peat

Ismael Antonio Sanabria
Ismael Antonio Sanabria

It's amazing how the word hater is over used. Because someone expresses his or her opinion like a free person in a free country should they get labeled a hater. If you ask me it's a childish word.

Ismael Antonio Sanabria
Ismael Antonio Sanabria

Any person who REALLY KNOWS basketball know that the star of the team will get fouled a lot. Ewing. Bird. Jordan. Magic. Oscar Robertson. You guys are letting your feelings get in the way. Stop thinking like a bandwagon fan and think more like a basketball head. It's part of the game. I doubt any of you guys played bball at any level.

Dave Basora
Dave Basora

I get where some of the haters think he either deserves this or that it somehow makes up for other calls but that's crap. We're talking at the very least a flagrant foul here. Dude took a forearm to the throat. That can't be equated to an ignored traveling call or similar moves.

Holger Werner
Holger Werner

Bruce: There is a Difference between "pushing off" and throwing an Elbow on purpose to the Throat! Both should be called but this Guy went to far with his Elbow !

Sam Wright
Sam Wright

Don't worry McRoberts will get his before the series is over, UD or Birdman will be looking for him

Tomas Ayala
Tomas Ayala

Well they have to make up for all the flop calls he gets.

Dave Basora
Dave Basora

Jeffrey Black, so that means he should take a forearm to the throat? That makes no sense

Irene Delgadillo Costa
Irene Delgadillo Costa

Jeffrey, you sound like a hater... He deserves to play without elbows in his neck like everyone else!

John Linn
John Linn

Bullshit. The guy shouldn't get beat on because he's great.

Duran Jc
Duran Jc

Jeffrey Black that makes no sense. It wouldn't be right if LeBron started throwing elbows out to block plays. Champions don't need excuses tho

Jeffrey Black
Jeffrey Black

not a fan but when you are the best in the league you have to take a few for the team

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