The Miami Heat have already clinched the #2 seed in the Eastern Conference. If the Chicago Bulls win tonight they would secure the top spot. If Miami wins it’s possible, albeit a bit unlikely, that the Heat could obtain the #1 position heading into the playoffs. Add in that Chicago beat Miami last week and tonight’s game between the two is anything but meaningless. If the Heat are going to keep alive chances of catching the Bulls with a victory today they will have to do so without the services of James Jones, who was ejected for this play.
Here’s a definition of Jones’ infraction, per NBA rules:
A flagrant foul-penalty (2) is unnecessary and excessive contact committed by a player against an opponent. It is an unsportsmanlike act and the offender is ejected immediately.
You be the judge. Should Jones have been called for a flagrant 2?