Every morning, we'll give you five things from the night before in the NBA to start your day.
1: There was no game last night... I REPEAT... NO GAME LAST NIGHT!!!
That... thing... that involved five guys in green shirts and five guys in white shirts running up and down a large wooden floor was not basketball. It was to basketball what Velveeta is to cheese: You can dance around the terminology all you want but you know damn well that's not really cheese.
Still, someone had to not-lose that the game and, congrats, Sixers, you prevailed in the "affront to humanity bowl." If you thought Chaka Kahn and Fantasia looked bad last night, then what do you call a game that featured a 33-31 HALFTIME score?
This seriously was a game that featured two teams who seemingly had little interest in winning. The Celtics played terribly because they seemed too old to play a game that took advantage of Philadelphia's terrible play... which was terrible because they're too young. The Sixers were caught up in trying to impress their home crowd early, and they whipped home-run passes around the gym early. The Celtics, though, could never take advantage for whatever reasons... and now there's a Game 7 on Saturday.
That's all I can muster on this. Please, if you have this on DVR, throw the DVR away. Don't bother deleting the recording. Just dispose of the entire unit. There's no telling what else that... thing... infected on there.
2: Every flagrant from Miami/Indy Game 5 got upgraded.
Yep. Every single one. Hansbrough, Haslem and Pittman, who all were charged with Flagrant-1 fouls, will now get a Flagrant-2 to their credit. On top of it all, Udonis Haslem will be suspended for tonight's Game 6, while Dexter Pittman will miss the next three games. Of course, the running joke after the news broke was that Miami should be forced to start Pittman and play him 30 minutes as punishment. Telling Miami they can't have Pittman for three games is like telliing me I can't watch opera.
There are two major issues here. First, the fact that the officials blew all three calls. How can three men, on the floor at the same time, who are PAID TO SEE THINGS LIKE THIS HAPPEN, not realize the extent of what's going on? These are game-changing calls. Without Hansbrough, there's no Haslem retaliation. Haslem is kind of important to the Heat now, especially with Bosh out. Without Haslem tonight, the Heat are even more vulnerable to Indy's size. This could force a Game 7, where anything can happen (cliche alert!). OR... let's say the refs still called Psycho T's an F-1 and then go the Haslem foul correct. Then Haslem is out (and presumably still suspended), and Indy might have won that game on the road, and be in a position to win tonight. Getting those calls wrong might re-shape the entire series. Which brings me to the second point.
Why can't refs review Flagrant 1 fouls on video? This was a point made during the broadcast. Why can't they look at those fouls and say "wow, we missed that follow through, he's gone?" It's asinine. I'd expect that rule change to happen this offseason. If you're going to police the game with flagrant fouls, then make sure you get them correct.
We found highlights from last night? Really? A top 5? No freakin' way. Prove it.
4 Line of the Night: Jrue Holiday: 20 points, 6 assists
Someone joked on Twitter that in that mess of a game, Holiday's 20 points is more like a 40 point explosion. Holiday's dribble penetration, especially in the second half, helped Philly break through and score easy baskets. Rajon Rondo, a 2nd-team All-Defense player didn't seem like he deserved that nod for most of last night. Holiday took advantage of an often flat-footed Rondo or hobbled Ray Allen and helped the Sixers force a Game 7.
5: You can quote me on that
"No, I'm not going to give them that out. No, I want more. I want more. We're going to get greedy, and we want more. We've fought, we've worked, and we've gone through a lot as a team."
-Sixers coach Doug Collins, on pushing his team
“Win or go home. Confidence is very high. We’ve been here before, very experienced. All out, nothing less.”
-Kevin Garnett, on Game 7
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