Sixers’ Mike Scott has Flagrant 2 call vs. Hawks downgraded to Flagrant 1 by NBA

Sixers’ Mike Scott has Flagrant 2 call vs. Hawks downgraded to Flagrant 1 by NBA

The officiating crew had a rough one Monday night during Sixers-Hawks — to neither team’s benefit — but the league is rectifying one of its worst decisions on the night.

The most egregious call came when Mike Scott was whistled for a Flagrant 2 after making contact with Atlanta big man Damian Jones and was ejected late in the first half after a review. On Tuesday, the NBA downgraded it to a Flagrant 1.

Here was the play in question.

The main difference between a Flagrant 1 and a Flagrant 2 is that a Flagrant 1 is called for unnecessary contact. A Flagrant 2 is unnecessary and excessive contact.

You could make the argument that Scott didn’t make a natural basketball play to warrant a Flagrant 1. But a Flagrant 2? It looked like a bad call — even after several replays.

While it doesn’t help the Sixers for that game — though they did win to improve to 3-0 — it’ll likely help Scott’s wallet if he’s called for another Flagrant down the road.

Joel Embiid was also called for a questionable technical. After a savage posterizing dunk on John Collins, Embiid celebrated with a little shimmy. It appears the officials deemed it as Embiid taunting Collins.

 

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