Let’s talk about basketball for a moment. I’m sitting here watching ESPN’s postgame coverage of the Miami Heat’s 101-100 win over the Mavericks, and I’m wondering pretty much the same thing I was wondering most of the game:
How could these announcers and analysts and ex-players and ex-coaches not even mention the most salient aspect of the heat’s ability to win this game; namely, the ridiculous disparity in free throw attempts between the two teams? Dwayne Wade did what he needed to do to draw the fouls? That’s what Hubie Brown saw? Is that what happened? One player on the Heat had as many free throw attempts and conversions as the entire Maverick team, and it was him, not the referees?
The Mavericks were in the penalty with 6 minutes left in the third quarter, while the Heat didn’t commit a single foul until there were 30 seconds left in the quarter. The only reason the Mavs didn’t blow the Heat out was the referees, calling one ticky-tack foul after another, 38 in all. And don’t give me the hack a Shaq was why. Wade ended the game by shooting two free throws with 2 seconds left. It wouldn’t have been close if it weren’t for the refs, and since no one is saying it, I am. That was a disgrace.
Novitzki shoots 5 free throws, and Wade shot 25. Please.
UPDATE: I wasn’t the only one complaining, so I guess I’m not crazy.
UPDATE: So now i’s over. The refs gave the championship to the Heat. Wade shot over 100 free throws in 6 games, an absurd total, and one that was single-handedly responsible for the Heat’s win. Ridiculous.