Heat-Pacers: Miami and Indiana Exchange Dumb Flagrants

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 17: (L-R) Mike Miller #13, Dwyane Wade #3 and Undonis Haslem #40 of the Miami Heat sit on the bench near the end of the game against the Indiana Pacers in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Semifinals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on May 17, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Pacers defeated the Heat 94-75. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Ethan Sherwood StraussNBA Lead WriterMay 22, 2012

Dueling flagrants in Game 5, as cooler heads are defeated. Tyler Hansbrough drew blood from Dwyane Wade on a foul that probably would have been forgiven in the 90s but was ill-advised in this era.

After an official review, he got a Flagrant 1. 

Udonis Haslem—who was bloodied by Louis Amundson in Game 4—responded by delivering a shot to Hansbrough, resulting in another Flagrant 1.

The officials easily could have called this a Flagrant 2, which would have tossed Haslem from the game. He may be suspended for Game 6, after the league takes a look. 

Players love "sending a message" with these hard fouls, but the message usually is, "I'm being dumb right now." 

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