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.
Steve Clifford said he had no concern Josh McRoberts would be suspended because the foul wasn’t “malicious.”
— Rick Bonnell (@rick_bonnell) April 25, 2014
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.