During the middle of the fourth quarter, a Mario Chalmers elbow to Tony Parker (in a two-point game) could’ve changed the whole complexity of the NBA Finals.
Instead, Chalmers was assessed a ” flagrant 1″ foul followed by four missed San Antonio Spurs free throws. It was an odd sequence to say the least. No harm, no foul? Not exactly. But it was as if it never even happened (assuming no damage was made to Parker’s ribs).
And after the game, Chalmers was acting as if it never happened. As if he did it subconsciously. Weird.
“I don’t know (what happened),” an incredulous Chalmers said after the game. “They say I hit him with an elbow, but I don’t remember throwing an elbow, I was just trying to get to the rim.”
Either that, or perhaps he didn’t want to get in any more trouble.
A video review confirmed that the “elbow” was flagrant.
Parker missed the two free throws he was awarded and exited the game for “rest” shortly after. He is expected to meet with doctors at some point today.
Tony Parker regarding possible rib injury: "I'll talk with the doctor, you know. Right now, I'm just frustrated." #Spurs
— Tom Orsborn (@tom_orsborn) June 9, 2014
While some Spurs fans are calling for the suspension of Chalmers in Game 3, it’s highly unlikely. Although, with the way Chalmers has played in the Finals thus far, I’m not sure if Heat fans wouldn’t agree with the suspension if one came.