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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: Dec 5, 2009
Posted on: June 6, 2011 1:04 am

Chalmers' shot gave Heat an extra three points?

The reason Dallas lost is the turnover margin. Take away a few of those Miami fast-break dunks, and you wouldn't have to discuss this play.

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: June 6, 2011 12:55 am

Chalmers' shot gave Heat an extra three points?

And this guy wrote a whole column about this?  Wow

Since: Jul 22, 2007
Posted on: June 6, 2011 12:31 am

Chalmers' shot gave Heat an extra three points?

Looks to me that he jumped and made it all the way into the front court simultaneous to catching the pass- before the shot.

Since: Nov 27, 2008
Posted on: June 5, 2011 11:54 pm

Chalmers' shot gave Heat an extra three points?

who does not love drama!

Since: Aug 26, 2006
Posted on: June 5, 2011 11:31 pm

Chalmers' shot gave Heat an extra three points

Is that Mark Cuban comment at the end necessary? Cuban has done a phenomenal job this postseason of keeping quiet and let the Mavericks' play on the court do all of the talking. Why would do you need to comment on him as if he's been his usual self? He hasn't so stop acting like he can't keep quiet.

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