Sunday, April 18, 2010

Playoff BS

I know that you’re supposed to keep your cool no matter what the situation, but I hate how it always seems to happen in NBA playoff series that a team will have a scrub instigate something with a star player on the other team.  Even if Quentin Richardson had been suspended along with Garnett for Game 2 of the Celtics/Heat series, the Heat would have the advantage.

It actually seemed more like Richardson was trying to instigate something with Pierce who led the Celtics comeback in Game 1, but Garnett stepped in and instead he’s the one who ended up getting suspended.  With 40 seconds remaining in the game, there’s no doubt that this is the tactic that Richardson had in mind when he was standing over Pierce after he had been knocked down on the sideline.

Luckily for the Celtics it was Garnett and not Pierce who ended up being suspended.  The Celtics still stand a chance in Game 2 without Garnett, but they wouldn’t have a shot without Pierce.  Richardson may have done something very stupid though.  The Celtics were a team struggling at the end of the regular season.  They haven’t played up to expectations even though they won 50 games.  The last thing that you want to do is give them something to rally around and wake them up.  I wouldn’t be surprised to see huge games from Pierce and Allen in Game 2 and then a big game from Garnett when he returns in Game 3 to take that game in Miami.

I really wish that David Stern would do something about these kinds of antics, but improving the level of officiating and fairness of calls during games hasn’t been high on his list of things to do.  A team can win a game with 6 players on the court and have that win stand without the referees even reviewing the video.  Stern is all about the image of the league and has put more emphasis on things like players dressing well.  Unfortunately, you can easily conceal guns under dress clothing.  When all is said and done, I wonder if Stern’s legacy will have more to do with the decisions that he made or the fact that the most popular player in the history of the league was drafted the same year that he became commissioner and joined Magic and Bird who saved the league.  The popularity of the league under Stern sometimes overshadows the bad things that have gone on such as the weapons charges, the fights in the stands, the crooked referees, allegations of fixing the NBA Draft and Bill Simmons’ favorite rumor of the super secret suspension of Michael Jordan for gambling that led to his time playing minor league baseball.  Meanwhile, Stern has made sure that players don’t commit such serious transgressions such as Tweeting during a game.


wickedortega said...

You can rant all you want but its been a known fact for years that Garnett is a dirty player... Plus Q was just tryin to get the ball in bounded..... when the diva fell down and seem to hurt his shoulder.... And it looked like he was going to be out of the game to out of nowhere he was fine... Paul is a faker in everyway... And he always flopping....

Offy said...

I know all about Garnett's history. I can't stand all of the trash talking especially this season when he isn't backing it up at all. That's why I started off the rant the way that I did. It's up to Garnett to keep his cool.

That being said, there's no way that Richardson was walking over there to inbound the ball. Watch the video again. He was walking in a completely different direction than the ref with the ball to get to Pierce. Also, why no suspension for O'Neal for pushing Glen Davis to the ground? What about Haslem shoving Garnett in the back to help instigate things? It's clear that you dislike both Garnett and Pierce, but don't let that cloud what really happened in this situation.

The rules are the rules and Garnett has to be suspended for throwing the elbow, but the league needs to take a longer look at players who instigate these fights.

wickedortega said...

I'm a Heat fan, so with that being said of couse i'm going to take sides.... but big baby stuck his nose in and got pushed and if you look at the tape, he looked like he was getting ready to hit o'neal.

KG going what he got for losing his cool.... And he's the one that started everything, so that why he won't be playing in game 2... It's going to be a hell of a great couple games!!

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