When the NBA doled out a $25,000 fine to Josh McRoberts for his elbow to the throat of LeBron James, it seemed to satisfy everyone except the Heat who are still complaining about how the situation was handled. While the fine was significant, head coach Erik Spoelstra wasn’t going to just let it go without saying something more about how he felt about the whole deal.
“We’re all fortunate, because that play could have been much worse, and it’s not the first time this has happened,” Spoelstra said after practice of what he believes has been a pattern of hard fouls on James throughout the season. “We’ve already expressed it with the league. We disagree with this. But you have to move on and control what you can control. We’ve had dialogue. They made their decision.”
It was a scary incident and LeBron looked to be in serious pain afterwords. It’s not everyday that you get bashed in the throat so no one can blame LeBron for the way he reacted as he toughed it out a lot better than most would have.
This is far from over though as it would appear that street justice may in store for Game 3 as while the NBA only doled out a fine to McRoberts, Heat fans will be watching Udonis Haslem very closely.