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Chalmers' shot gave Heat an extra three points?

Posted on: June 5, 2011 11:24 pm
Edited on: June 5, 2011 11:39 pm
Posted by Royce Young

To end the first quarter, Mario Chalmers hit a buzzer-beating 3 on the run to give Miami a 29-22 after the first 12 minutes. A big shot at the time, because any basket in the NBA Finals is important.

And with the game coming down to two points, it was big at the end too. But there's a twist here: It shouldn't have counted.

By rule, Chalmers was back court when he caught the pass from Udonis Haslem. In order to receive that pass, Chalmers has to first establish himself in the front court. Instead here, all he had was half a sneaker in the front court. So again, he was technically back court.

This is a discussion because Miami had three points it shouldn't have had and with the game finishing with a two-point separation, it becomes an issue. You can't deny that the Heat had an extra three points.

But that shot absolutely, by no means, in no way was why Dallas lost this game. There were still 36 minutes to be played and Dallas had a number of chances to win this game. Human error is a part of basketball. Officials miss calls. I can promise you they missed a bunch tonight. For example, Jason Kidd shuffled his feet when he drew a foul at the end of the first half. Dallas ended up with a point it shouldn't have had there. Dwyane Wade flopped and got a call in the first half that resulted in two free throws. You can go on and on.

Yes, that play was pretty obvious. If it had happened in the final three minutes, it would've meant something. But with so much game to go, it didn't have a direct result on the outcome. It was a piece to a giant puzzle. And besides, I don't think anyone would say this game was poorly officiated. Other than a call or two -- which is to be expected -- the crew did a terrific job in this one letting the players decide things. So salute there.

Rick Carlisle mentioned the call in a diplomatic way saying "there may have been a back court violation at the end of the first half," but used it in reference to climbing out of holes. Which they did. They recovered from that seven-point deficit and had a chance to win regardless of that call. Did it matter? Sure it did.

But just like the goaltend in Oklahoma City that hurt the Nuggets or the other hundred missed calls in these playoffs, this call isn't why Miami won Game 3. Not going to stop some from making noise about it. I'm looking in your direction, Mark Cuban.

Since: Mar 23, 2009
Posted on: June 7, 2011 3:57 pm

Chalmers' shot gave Heat an extra three points?

I seriously dont understand why there is controversy about this play. First of all anybody who is stating that a play that happened in 1st half had any bearing of the outcome of the game has blue colored glasses on. Secondly, when Chalmers actually gets his hands on the ball he is clearly in the front court. Chalmers is actually is in the air when he takes possesion of the ball and comes down well over the half court line. This play is just the first in a line of many excuses by Mavs fans as to why they are going to lose. Never mind the fact that the refs gift wrapped the fourth quarter for the Mavs putting the Dirk on the line just for looking at him sideways. To the author of this article, you think you could have taken 15 seconds to review the play before posting an article and making yourself look like an idiot. Great job, Royce. 

Since: Jun 6, 2011
Posted on: June 6, 2011 10:19 pm

Chalmers' shot gave Heat an extra three points?

yeah and anyone with opposible digits who is going to focus on one call that would cause a point differential, should also be looking at every call that caused a loss or gain of points on both sides. an obvious lack of foul shot calls would have more than made up for one 3 point shot. so, it is true that you should stick to hockey. calls are often made both ways that are sooo clearly incorrect. if the game was rigged and you were to go back and watch every call or play where there should have been a call, you would think yes, the game may have been rigged, but it wasn't in miami's favor. the gift of going to the line all night was clearly in the mavs favor, miami was getting smacked around and couldn't get to the line at all. im sure the officials wish they could take that three back, they were clearly briefed and failed to comply. one or all of those officials were probably in big trouble after that game.

Since: Dec 16, 2009
Posted on: June 6, 2011 10:18 pm

Chalmers' shot gave Heat an extra three points?

That shot was at the end of the..wait for it...FIRST QUARTER.  The Mavericks had the LEAD at least twice in the third quarter.  This shot had NOTHING to do with the outcome of this game.  If anything had an outcome on the game, it would have been the phantom, BOGUS loose ball/over the back calls on Miami and the noncalls Dallas was being handed.  If anything was obvious, there you have it.

Since: Sep 19, 2007
Posted on: June 6, 2011 3:37 pm

Chalmers' shot gave Heat an extra three points?

The nba has the power of technology, use it. Tell the coaches of both teams that the shot was illegal and fix the score. It's only half time so make it right. If it was at the end of a game the refs would be watching it and deciding what to do, not pretend it never happened. IT was a BS feel good moment the heat should've never had.

...but the mavs bench didn't show up again. That's how they lost.

Since: Feb 16, 2007
Posted on: June 6, 2011 2:32 pm

Chalmers' shot gave Heat an extra three points?

That shot in the first half was a non-issue.  Lebron James was hammered obviously and hard by Marion with 1:15 to go while attempting a 3 and the refs let it go as a blocked shot.  Worst call of the playoffs. That was at a much more crucial point of the game and could have cost the Heat a victory.  Miami was good enough to overcome an absolutely horrid call, and Dallas wasn't good enough to overcome a call that was only obvious after multiple replays.

Since: Jul 27, 2009
Posted on: June 6, 2011 12:41 pm

Chalmers' shot gave Heat an extra three points?

TyReece - both feet past half court is not the rule.  At least admit it was a violation.  It's part of the game to me, missed happen ALL the time, especially travels, illegal screens on the pick and roll, clear outs during supposed box outs, palming the ball (which is technically a travel by the rules), etc.  I just reconcile myself to the fact that NBA players are more sloppy technique wise... otherwise, I couldn't watch a minute of it as a former ref...

Since: Oct 8, 2009
Posted on: June 6, 2011 2:20 am

Chalmers' shot gave Heat an extra three points?

good, go watch hockey.  no cares about your opinion.  watch it in slow motion and pause when the ball contacts his hand.  both feet are passed half court.  good gosh people are cry babies.  grow up or quit watching the finals

Since: Sep 1, 2010
Posted on: June 6, 2011 2:02 am

Chalmers' shot gave Heat an extra three points?

Are you really that naive? When you replace your sparkplugs in your car, if you miss one plug, just one, you will screw up the entire timing of your engine. That's how much one little thing can change an entire outcome of someone's life.

Dallas coulda done this, Miami coulda done that, who cares,

the fact of the matter is that the mavericks lost by two and there was a 3pt shot by miami that should not have counted, and the refs, the commissioner, both head coaches, and any human who has evolved and has opposible digits knows this.


Chris Bosh, Lebron James, Dwayne Wade, and with all those guys, they needed a bogus three pointer to win. I'm sticking to hockey, aleast that game isn't rigged.

Since: Aug 30, 2008
Posted on: June 6, 2011 1:37 am

Chalmers' shot gave Heat an extra three points?

WOW...i get a bad score on my post because cbs doesnt agree with could u ever get a good score on a post based on the biased opinions of its writers...makes me laugh at what a joke of a group writes for this site...i am a heat fan, but this group is still a bunch of homers...and clueless journalists as well...

Since: Aug 30, 2008
Posted on: June 6, 2011 1:32 am

Chalmers' shot gave Heat an extra three points?

while it looks like he did make it to the front court without lookint at a replay, and had the mavs played better down the stretch, this would not have mattered...but the point is how can a three point shot be challenged based on where the players feet were at the point of the shot and this be so easy for a referee to see, but not look at another important shot at the end of a period...this was a complete miss by the officials and should be noted...not for the outcome of the game, but for the mere fact that the officials need to putt their heads out of their a$$e$ and see the entire just might mean something...

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