Miami’s James Jones ejected for flagrant-2
Heat reserve James Jones has been ejected from Thursday night’s
Miami-Chicago game after committing a flagrant foul against the
Bulls’ Joakim Noah.
The hit came with 6:05 left in the first half. Chicago’s Luol
Deng missed a 3-pointer, and Jones stretched out both arms while
trying to move Noah out of the way for a rebound. Replays showed
Jones made contact around Noah’s head.
After conferring, referees quickly motioned that the flagrant
was a penalty-2, which carries with it an automatic ejection. After
reviewing the play, referee Mike Callahan confirmed that the
flagrant merited the more severe designation.
Jones quietly walked off the court, shaking his head slightly.
Heat guard Dwyane Wade, who sat on the scorers’ table while
referees reviewed the play, shouted ”What?” in disbelief, and
Noah clapped his hands in time with a chant from the stands.
It was the second flagrant foul and first ejection of Jones’
nine-year career, according to STATS LLC.
Including his three scoreless minutes Thursday, Jones is
averaging 3.2 points in 47 games this season.