The Miami Heat took on the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night. and a painful incident where Heat forward Kevin Love took an extremely hard groin shot led to an ejection for Grizzlies star Desmond Bane.
The incident happened in the third quarter with the Grizzlies trailing by 14 points. Bane tried to dribble past Love and the former NBA Champion made the unfortunate decision to step in front of him.
Bane proceeded to run him over and hit him below the belt which sent Love crumbling to the floor. He remained on the ground for quite some time before the offensive foul call against Bane was finally made by the officials.
The play was reviewed to ultimately get the right call on the floor. Bane was issued a flagrant 2 foul, subsequently being ejected from the game.
Grizzlies' Desmond Bane has been ejected from tonight's game after this hit on Kevin Love.@MiamiHEAT | #HEATCulture pic.twitter.com/F02AOVrN4k
— Bally Sports Sun: HEAT (@BallyHEAT) March 16, 2023
This was clearly a pretty rough groin shot, and many offered their opinion on the play on social media.
Desmond Bane’s statline tonight:
1 Shot below the belt
— Barstool Sportsbook (@BSSportsbook) March 16, 2023
Desmond Bane just ejected with a flagrant 2.
Crowd loved it. I did not.
— KJ (@kelwright) March 16, 2023
Kevin Love (hit in highly sensitive area) shaken up. A Flagrant 2 in every sense of the word, and Desmond Bane ejected.
— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) March 16, 2023
Wow. Desmond Bane is given a Flagrant 2 foul and he has been ejected.
— Damichael Cole (@DamichaelC) March 16, 2023
Flagrant 2 and Desmond Bane ejected. Credit Heat game opps: Until the replay was quickly shown, there was no move toward an officiating review. https://t.co/6cXN2k3NpW
— Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) March 16, 2023
Love discussed the play after the game, detailing that he was hit so hard by Bane that his back started to hurt.
“There has only been a few times in my 15 years (in the NBA) where something like that has happened.” said Love via Wes Goldberg of the Miami Herald. “I just got in a bad position and took it in the groin pretty good. All the men here, when you get hit so hard where your back starts hurting. That’s where I was.”
Kevin Love on the shot he took from Desmond Bane.
"Took it in the groin pretty good… When you've been hit so bad your back starts hurting. That's where I was." pic.twitter.com/N6RzoNV171
— Wes Goldberg (@wcgoldberg) March 16, 2023
While Love clearly felt the impact of this horrible groin shot, it would be the Heat that got the final laugh in this game. They would go on to defeat the Grizzlies 138-119.
[Bally Sports Sun: Heat on Twitter, Wes Goldberg on Twitter] Photo Credit: Bally Sports