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Udonis Haslem, Dexter Pittman headline chippy Heat-Pacers Game 5 (Videos)

Already a testy series between the Heat and Pacers, matters got even uglier in Game 5 Tuesday night.

In the second quarter, Tyler Hansbrough made a move toward the basket until he ran into Udonis Haslem. Hansbrough put up a shot but was clobbered by Haslem’s forearm in the process. As he defended the shot, the Heat forward brought down both arms to Hansbrough’s head in an apparent deliberate act of malice.

Haslem arguably should have been called for a flagrant-two foul and thus ejected, but he was called only for a flagrant-one and remained in the game. It still remains possible that he could see disciplinary action from the league office.

The foul on Hansbrough might have been retribution for his hard foul that bloodied Dwyane Wade’s face minutes earlier:

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Udonis Haslem calls Kendrick Perkins a fake tough guy

The Heat’s 98-93 win over the Thunder on Wednesday didn’t just give us a thrilling game to watch, but it also showed us what may be bubbling into one of the league’s bitter rivalries. Things got a little testy at times: Kendrick Perkins committed a hard foul on Dwyane Wade and moments later Russell Westbrook took down LeBron James on a fast-break dunk attempt. Let’s also not forget about Perkins harshly criticizing LeBron in February for his much-discussed tweet after Perkins had his soul taken away by Blake Griffin on that dunk. LeBron refused to apologize.

On Thursday, the Heat were still buzzing over their big, comeback victory the night before and Udonis Haslem, who apparently took exception to Perkins’ foul on Wade, used a guest spot on WQAM to take a dig at the OKC center.

“I think sometimes people just use the TVs and the cameras and the crowd, you know, to put on a show,” Haslem said, according to the Sun-Sentinel. “I don’t think he’s all that he shows out there on the court.

“I think anybody can be a tough guy with a thousand people watching on TV and referees who call fouls and stop the game and different things like that. I don’t see him being any tough guy that he puts on the show to be, at all.

“If we were playing at the park, I don’t think he’d be doing all that.”

Last I checked, the NBA doesn’t play its games at the park (maybe eventually in some presason gimmick). So as long as Perkins is an enforcer when games are played in arenas — like they all are — it shouldn’t matter if he’s putting on an act. But what do I know? All I know is that a Heat-Thunder pairing would provide one hell of an NBA Finals.

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Heat and Mavericks Get into Mini-Fight During Second Quarter (Video)

The Heat and Mavericks had some bad blood develop during their NBA Finals series. There was no real rivalry between the teams, but there were some individuals who had previous beef (see LeBron James and DeShawn Stevenson). While nobody will confuse this series for the real hatred going on in the Stanley Cup Final, they did get into a mini-fight during the second quarter. That there was a debate about players possibly being suspended if there were a Game 7 is laughable. That was such a non-incident, and honestly, would you expect everyone to hold hands and hug at midcourt? Both Mario Chalmers and Udonis Haslem got technical fouls as did DeShawn Stevenson. The Mavs ended up with an extra free throw as a result, but if you’re going to T-up Chalmers there, you should do the same thing to Tyson Chandler for putting his hands on Haslem.

Thanks to Ben Golliver for the video