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Heat's Mario Chalmers suspended one game for flagrant foul

Heat's Mario Chalmers suspended one game for flagrant foul
Heat point guard Mario Chalmers is averaging 9.7 points, 5.0 assists and 2.1 steals a game in nine starts this season. (Mike Ehrmann / Getty Images)

Miami point guard Mario Chalmers will miss the Heat's game against the Charlotte Bobcats on Saturday after the NBA upheld his suspension for a forearm shiver to the head of Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki, league officials announced Saturday afternoon.

Chalmers was called for a Flagrant Foul 2 in the fourth quarter of the Heat's 110-104 victory over the Mavericks on Friday night when he fought through a screen by Dallas center Samuel Dalembert and then threw a forearm that connected with Nowitzki's head.

A Flagrant Foul 2 is an immediate ejection for unnecessary contact that could cause injury.

A Flagrant Foul 1 is unnecessary contact but does not come with an immediate ejection. Two Flagrant Foul 1 calls in a game do lead to an ejection.

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Rod Thorn, the NBA's president of basketball operations, said the one-game suspension would be without pay.

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