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CHICAGO - Let me preference this by just saying this isnít about sour grapes, nor do I have a horse in this raceÖ well yes, I doÖ Iím a Bulls fans but Iím also a consumer of the NBA, I prefer all calls to be judged equally. But the facts are the facts; the refs swallowed their whistles in the overtime as if they had somewhere to be. What Iím referring to is when Chicago Bulls reserve center, Brad Miller, drove the lane for a lay-up; he was smacked in the mouth by Rajon Rondo. And guess what? No flagrant foul!

I understand how referees set the tempo of the games calling ticky-tac calls early, informing the players how they are going to call the game, butÖ. isnít a flagrant in the first be the same in fourth and/or in overtime?

By definition according to Wikipedia, a flagrant foul is a serious contact foul involving unnecessary and/or excessive and/or intentional contact in sport.  If you're going to have the rule, you have to enforce it, even if it ends up deciding the game. Right?


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There is no way 6í1Ē Rondo was going for the ball unless it was somehow lodged by Millerís molars. In fact, Miller had to have stitches in his mouth after the game. Iím certain that if this occurred earlier in the game the Ďcorrectí call would have been made.

Now playing devilís advocate, Miller could have tied the game by making both free throws, but come on, you know where his mindset was.

So, I have to ask is Rondo dirty? I hope not because he seems like a good players working his way up through the ranks, but I bet he wonít push Kobe again.


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As the title states, I would just like to know the true definition of a flagrant foul.I don't see how you can really dispute that Rondo committed at least a Flagrant 1.  He saw that he had no play on the ball, he say that Miller would have an uncontested lay-up to tie the game, and he decided to make contact with Miller in the face.  It was unnecessary, it was excessive, and there's absolutely no way that it was a legitimate play on the ball.  Miller should have gotten two free throws, and the Bulls should have inbounded the ball afterwards.  Maybe they still would have lost after all that, but you have to call the game according to the interpretation of the rules, and that was a flagrant foul, no question.

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