I think that if there is contact to the head that qualifies as a foul, then it can be deemed flagrant regardless of intent. But if the contact is incidental, it isn’t a foul of any kind and by extension, not a flagrant.The rules reportedly state--and officials have repeatedly said (including before tonight's game--Toby said he asked one of the officials to clarify that rule before tipoff)--that intent doesn't matter. I can recall T-Groves getting whistled more than once on plays very much like the one tonight.
All I know is that if a ref specifically says incidental like he did tonight, and if guys like Bilas and Fran repeatedly reference it as a factor, I will defer to them.
If any contact to the head is a flagrant regardless of intent or foul, then a shorter player could draw a flagrant simply by walking directly into a big’s elbow.
I personally think 90 percent of these shouldn’t be flagrant. It’s so soft to call flagrants on plays that are clearly basketball plays.