May 18, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Miami Heat guard Mario Chalmers (15) is called for a flagrant foul for shoving Indiana Pacers guard CJ Watson (32) out of bounds as he went up for a shot on a fast break in game one of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Indiana defeats Miami 107-96. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Mario Chalmers Explains Crazy Foul for Shoving C.J. Watson

One of the more controversial plays of Game 1 came when Mario Chalmers was hit with multiple fouls for shoving C.J. Watson mid-air out of bounds and into a scoring table. The play resulted in four free throws and the possession for Indiana and turned out to be a game changing moment.

But while he was called for a flagrant and a technical foul, or at least that’s what it seemed like at the time, Chalmers isn’t apologizing for his play, saying he was just making splay to prevent a basket and nothing more sinister.

“I didn’t want him to get a continuation,” Chalmers said, via the Sun-Sentinel. “That’s all it was. It wasn’t like I was going across his head or anything. I just stopped him from getting a 3-point play.”

The Heat need Chalmers to play much smarter than that, and it ended up contributing to the Game 1 loss. Mistakes like the one Chalmers made — on purpose or not — aren’t the plays that championship teams make and we saw the result of that on Sunday afternoon.

Chalmers is capable of so much better and we can at least expect him to come out with a vengeance on Tuesday to get a little payback for whatever got called on him and contributed to the loss.

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