Apr 23, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Charlotte Bobcats forward Josh McRoberts (11) shoots over Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) in game two during the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Bobcats Didn’t Think McRoberts’ Elbow to LeBron Was Malicious


Apr 20, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) reacts against the Charlotte Bobcats during the second half in game one during the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena. The Heat won 99-88. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

One of the more memorable plays from the Heat’s Game 2 win over the Bobcats came in the most unflattering of ways. Josh McRoberts elbowing LeBron James in the throat was a pretty brutal thing to see and the NBA took action as a result in fining him $25,000.

Unlike some of the fouls called on James which are wishy-washy at best, this one seemed malicious and it seemed flagrant. While Bobcats head coach Steve Clifford didn’t dismiss the incident, he more or less downplayed it as something McRoberts didn’t mean to do.

 

The league respectfully disagreed and gave McRoberts 25,000 reasons to wish he had never done it. Still, no matter if it was partially accidental or a full on attempt to take LeBron out in the heat of the moment, Clifford seems to be defending his player and defusing a situation which has given the Heat a reason to pile drive the Bobcats out of the playoffs.

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