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Josh McRoberts escapes suspension over LeBron James foul

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Charlotte Bobcats' forward, Josh McRoberts has been fined $20,000 for a foul on LeBron James in the dying seconds of their playoff game last night.

McRoberts, who was adjudged to have elbowed the Miami Heat forward in the throat with less than a minute to go, will not serve a suspension despite the severity of the foul.

No flagrant foul was called on McRoberts at the time although the Heat did hold on to win the game and take a 2-0 lead to Charlotte.

The lack of suspension will come as a relief for the Bobcats who have played the defending NBA champions close in the past two road games despite coming up short on both occasions.

The NBA announced that they viewed McRoberts elbow as a 'Flagrant 2', which is usually an ejectable offence.  

Fouls above the shoulders are expected to be officiated closely during this postseason with the league calling it 'an area of concern'. With that in mind, it is hard to believe the play wasn't reviewed at the time.

However, at least McRoberts has now been punished and the Heat will hope to maintain their advantage in the series as they set out on the road.

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