5/14/2005

Bitches crystal

Folks, there's four words that sum up how I feel about game three.

ME KILL REFS NOW
I was considering a different section title like, "Pacers + Refs 79, Pistons 74" or "Artest's missing $5 million finds its way into refs' pockets" or "Reggie Miller has perfected mind control" or "Reggie Miller has developed a force field in which anyone else who steps inside is called for a foul". But, I settled on the one in all caps and in broken English. Seriously, was that not absolutely horrible? He took 12 free throws and probably took about two of them care of fouls that weren't a complete prevarication. Not only were there phantom calls called in his favour, there were a pile of pushoffs that also weren't whistled. I mean, we're talking Jordan on Bryon Russell at the end of the 1998 Finals-esque. I was about twice as pissed off about it at the time. Makes me wish I was detailing my thoughts then, I bet it would've been something like "Screw Flanders Screw Flanders Screw Flanders Screw Flanders" and so on. What's kind of funny about this is that Reggie was "going Walker" (that's going to be my new phrase for a supposed "star" who is shooting badly) all game. 3-11 from the field, including 0-7 from behind the arc. Even if you hadn't seen the game, isn't it odd how a guy who only took four shots from inside the arc went to the line 12 times? Really makes you think. I'd offer more analysis, but when an outside force does so much to the game by giving the Pacers many points, putting the Pistons in the penalty repeatedly and knocking Rip out of the game, it's hard to break the game down. Yes, I know the Pistons only had 28 points in the first half, but the amount they put up in the second half would've been enough to win the game if not for the tainted variable in question.

The millenium of aftermath
Hey hey, someone else noticed too! Some quotes from the recap:

And when Detroit needed a stop to have a chance at a potentially tying 3-pointer, Hunter fell down -- or perhaps was pushed -- and Miller hit a 21-foot jumper to make it 79-74.

"It was an unbelievable shot he hit," coach Larry Brown said. "But how could he get so open? ... It's a shame that in the final situation they leave it up to other people to decide the game."

Brown seemed to infer that Miller was using his trademark push-off to draw fouls and get free, and Hunter declined to comment for fear of a fine.


Fitting that the guy who has seen just about everything in basketball also saw this. He'll probably get fined for it... but, that's what happens when you tell the truth sometimes, sadly. Also, I guess my prediction is ruined. I still have complete faith that the Pistons can win the next three in a row and win the series in six... provided we don't have the same (insert favourite eight letter compound word of many NBA players here) we had in game three anymore.

In a game that I won't bitch about...
I have to give it up for the Suns. They went on the road (not that they're bad on the road) sans their younger JJ and shot 11-22 from behind the arc anyway. Favourite number of the night is Nash's 17 assists. Least favourite number of the night is Nash's 7 turnovers... not like he didn't make up for it. Dirk shot like crap again, I don't know what's up. I haven't heard anything about him being injured, it's not like Bill Russell is defending him, I can't figure it out. I don't know if he's going to get it back on track in time for them to beat this kind of opponent.

In different basketball news
After grabbing an FTP program and editing the thing on Keenspace that way, I've managed to get part of what I want done. So, it's official, Courtside will be launching Monday morning at around when I put up the blog post for that day. The link is up already, but the "under construction" part will be removed soon. I hope you enjoy it, I'm having fun writing for it.

2 Comments:

Blogger Editor-in-Chief said...

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5/15/2005 9:57 PM  
Blogger Editor-in-Chief said...

I have always had a rule of thumb which is, in any major college or professional sport the refs will screw up enough so as to help a team win one game and lose another; therefore each team must be mature enough to overcome this hurdle.

Clearly the problem with the Pistons is the Pistons. Forget the refs and concentrate on scoring more than 80 points in a playoff game. If an NBA team's defense can keep the opponent to under 80 points, victory ought to be a lock. If the Pistons can not score more than 80 points, they don't deserve to win the championship.

I also call every loss the curse of Darko. The Pistons could have drafted Dwayne Wade or 'mello.

P.S. that's not my picture in the profile.

5/15/2005 9:59 PM  

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