Really seemed like the Heat were going to cheat their way through this one. But, the Bulls made it work. Watched the second half only and I haven't watched that many Heat games this season but every time I do I hate them that much more. This really is one of the chumpiest teams of chumps ever assembled(Clippers and 08 Celtics are ahead). They approach the game with so much entitlement and this attitude that they are ordained by the league to win. It really sucks. It sucks the soul out of the game in some ways save for it being immensely satisfying to see them lose.
Re: Lebron's flagrant in the 4th. Honestly, that could have just as easily been an ejection. The only reason it wasn't was because Boozer is a big dude and Lebron is Lebron. But realistically, you see Lebron make eye contact, wind up and deliver the hit. Players usually get ejected and even suspended for that. Remember when Fisher did it to Scola? Same exact thing.
1. Retaliation move
2. Made eye contact(no pleading that it was unintended roughness)
3. shoulder down, braced for impact
4. excessive and unnecessary contact with intent to harm
Seriously. I was yelling at the TV About that. So many other players in the league would be suspended for something like that. But Boozer absorbed the contact so well that it seemed less harsh than it was and Lebron is Lebron, the league isn't going to suspend him, certainly not eject him from a hotly contested match.
It kills me that the officials factor in things like "well, did the player fall hard?" and "did the player take the hit well?" when deciding these things. One of the whole reasons for having Flagrant-2s and suspensions in the first place is specifically to punish players who take vigilante action against other players. Nothing at all about what Lebron did was a basketball play. It wasn't fighting through the screen or setting a hard pick. It was specifically, with intent, plowing into someone out of retaliation that he wasn't given a call on the other end. Do we really have to paint the distinction that it's only suspension worthy if Boozer happened to have been Hinrich or someone who would might have gotten hurt?
Tired of the Heat though, that team is a disgrace to the sport.
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