Posted June 02, 2013

LeBron James receives technical foul for sprinting down court after charge call

2013 NBA playoffs, Ben Golliver, Indiana Pacers, LeBron James, Miami Heat, Roy Hibbert

Heat forward LeBron James was off to the races after he was whistled for an offensive foul during a key fourth-quarter possession in a 91-77 loss to the Pacers in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals on Saturday.

With a little more than four minutes remaining in the final period and the Pacers leading 77-68, James drove past Paul George on the perimeter and aggressively attacked the paint. Roy Hibbert slid over from the weak side to contest the driving effort and James’ momentum carried him into Hibbert, sending the Pacers’ center crashing to the floor.

The baseline referee whistled James for an offensive foul even though Hibbert was in the protected circle, at which point James went running away from the play and toward the Heat’s bench at full speed. James was assessed a technical foul for his reaction, as was Heat assistant coach David Fizdale.

“I had to run down the court to stop from being kicked out,” James said. “I thought it was a pretty bad call. I don’t complain about calls too much. I thought me and Hibbert met at the mountaintop.”

James appeared to initiate the contact on the drive with his right knee contacting Hibbert’s midsection. Hibbert appeared to jump straight up but both of his feet were inside the restricted circle and his arms were not totally extended above his head before the contact was made.

“I didn’t throw an elbow, basically I went straight up,” James continued. “And I knew he was going to go high hands, like he had been doing. So I went to a double-clutch to try to let him go down. Then I was able to go over the top. I don’t have no idea why that was called an offensive foul. So, you know, [running] just stopped me from being ejected. I think at that moment I just got away from the ref that called it.”

James previously disputed four of the six fouls called against him during Miami’s Game 4 loss to Indiana.

After the Game 6 foul call and subsequent technical fouls, Indiana closed the game on a 14-9 run to even the series at three games apiece.

Although the officiating has been a major point of discussion throughout this hotly contested series, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said James’ foul shouldn’t be at the center of the post-game discourse.

“We don’t want the focus to be on officiating,” he said. “They made the call. It doesn’t matter whether we agree or disagree on how they get a call. We just want the focus to be on the players and the game. This is a very compelling series with  contrasting styles, and now it comes down to a Game 7, and may the best team win. That’s what it’s about.”

Hibbert explained that he was attempting to do a better job of providing help defense behind George, something he felt he lacked at times earlier in the series.

“I tell Paul, I have his back all the time,” Hibbert said. “If he gets beat, LeBron has a large launching pad, I don’t block a lot of shots all the time, but I try to alter it as much as possible and not to give up any easy plays. … The momentum could have shifted right there if [James] got an easy dunk. There was what — was it Game 3 here? I really felt that I let Paul down in terms of having his back when LeBron was scoring in the post or getting to the paint, because they stretched me out so much. … I wanted to be there for [George].”

James finished with 29 points (on 10-for-21 shooting), seven rebounds and six assists in 42 minutes.

23 comments
theslimeboys
theslimeboys

Man tyler no hansbro sprints  down the court after evey foul he gets and he dont get no damn technical

DjPopoffYadig
DjPopoffYadig

hibbert jumped with his arms leaning forward.....nothing vertical about that

DaytonMorgan
DaytonMorgan

That call could of gone either way, but does anyone else notice Lebron always say " I dont complain about calls or I dont flop" all the time to reporters even though he clearly does and does alot?....I mean seriously does this guy live in his own world where he can do no wrong?

KurtGonzalez
KurtGonzalez

Lebron flops a lot and whines a lot. But that should've been a no call. And why do people say that the NBA is the cause of a 7th game? The Heat played like booty and got killed on the boards. The NBA didn't make them miss a plethora of good looks. Still not an offensive foul.

Tito1
Tito1 like.author.displayName 1 Like

"I don't complain about calls too much".... Seriously Dbag? Seriously? Every time he touches the ball he wants a foul call on his favor, and every time he commits one he acts like he didn't do anything.  It's sad the NBA has turned its reigns to a flopper and whiner.  Yes, he has the skills, the speed, the height, but he doesn't have the character of a champion.  Can't wait until the Heat are done with this "big 3" experiment

Hampton180
Hampton180 like.author.displayName 1 Like

LeBron James doesnt complain much. . . ..  .right

Dorothy Jordan-Brown
Dorothy Jordan-Brown

@Hampton180  He's human of course he complains as does everyone else...criticism of him for going out night in and out and playing the game of basketball like NONE other, gives him the right to say something about what is not right sometimes...we are not a part of the brutal physical anguish he experiences either....just saying before you judge or critizize him walk a mile in his shoes...I know impossible right?

CurtPetersen
CurtPetersen like.author.displayName 1 Like

One of the worst calls I have ever seen. It should of been a no call or a foul on Hibbert for hitting James in the face with his left arm. What James did was all natural. When he made contact with Hibbert both his legs were straight and his elbows were at his side.

FedorGaponenko
FedorGaponenko like.author.displayName 1 Like

Miami fans are so delusional, they didn't notice when every call went their way last year and all of a sudden when their team is being challenged it's bad officiating. Was it bad officiating that caused Wade and Bosh to pull a complete disappearing act two games in a row (and most of this series)? Is it bad officiating that Hibbert is doing what ever he wants inside? He's looking like a legendary big man out there. Also is it bad officiating that Miami got creamed on the boards? 

Being inside the restricted area only matters if you're setting your feet to draw a charge, if you jump up it doesn't matter. If anything that was a non call, but definitely not a foul on Hibbert. 

Heck even if for the sake of argument it was a bad call the Pacers still had a 10 point lead, it's not like this was a tie game with 30 seconds left. Face it the Heat didn't do enough to win, 77 points won't get it done. Maybe if Bosh, Wade and the jump shooting squad shows up to the party Miami will take game 7.


Marcus1
Marcus1 like.author.displayName 1 Like

@FedorGaponenko You could argue it was a foul on Hibbert because he jumped slightly forward and to his right. Personally I think it should have been a no call. Hibbert made a good, but clean challenge. It definitely shouldn't have been an offensive foul though.

The Pacers won because the HEAT missed a lot of shots that they should have made. They were missing layups and open threes that they usually make. Credit the Pacers for defending the HEAT well.

Dorothy Jordan-Brown
Dorothy Jordan-Brown

@FedorGaponenko It is delusional to compare this years pacers team to last years...wake up at the end of this series ask yourself if you truly feel Miami going to the NBA championship for the second straight year is delusional . Arguing about these game that are only stepping stones to where they are going  is needless, game 7 is the ultimate enjoy it sir, maybe you will gather some better talking points.


RedHandNYCity
RedHandNYCity

Lebron James is a vagina. Pure and simple.

tthompsonisbeast
tthompsonisbeast

That is so true......lebron is just a big baby and he is also an over rated vagins

tthompsonisbeast
tthompsonisbeast

That is so true......lebron is just a big baby and he is also so over rated

tthompsonisbeast
tthompsonisbeast like.author.displayName 1 Like

That is so true......lebron is just a big baby and he is also so over rated

Dorothy Jordan-Brown
Dorothy Jordan-Brown like.author.displayName 1 Like

@tthompsonisbeast Maybe you have a dislike for Lebron James and that's okay for whatever reason....A basketball player could not play, have the credentials, carry the load of a whole team and yet be over rated ...Maybe your watching some other Lebron it is alright to give him his props....

R.D.
R.D. like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 2 Like

Worst refed series since L.A. Lakers and Sacremento series. Only going 7 games because he NBA wanted the ratings. Enough said.

RobertM
RobertM

@RedHandNYCity Only a vagina would call another man that from a cowards position in front of a computer instead of to his face. You are thus a vagina by default.

RedHandNYCity
RedHandNYCity like.author.displayName 1 Like

@RobertM @RedHandNYCity This from a person who regularly posts insults from his own "coward's position".  Ironic huh?

Dorothy Jordan-Brown
Dorothy Jordan-Brown

@lee14 Amen lee. It is one of the best NBA playoff series since the ABA days, Detroit vs. Lakers, Lakers vs.Celtics, Detroit vs. Chicago days do much excitement ratings would have to be through the roof for sure!!

ShawnKemp2012
ShawnKemp2012 like.author.displayName 1 Like

@lee14 Hibbert's allowed to occupy the vertical space in the restricted area.  

lee14
lee14 like.author.displayName 1 Like

There's no arguing....Hibbert was in the restricted area....simple as that...BS officiating. NBA needs this thing to go 7 games for the $$$$$