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My takeaways from the first two games; mostly a rant


1. I'm not saying that the refs have been biased in the first two games (although before the second half of game 2, I would have). However, they have been honestly and legitimately bad this series. Missed calls going both ways, piss poor make up calls, and blatant superstar favoritism. Did anybody else watch game 1 of the Knicks/Heat series? Remember the flagrant called on Tyson Chandler for the open floor pick set on LBJ? If that is a flagrant 1, then Wade should have been @#$%ing tossed for straight tackling DC from behind. (So sue me, I did say they have been biased.) It was obviously a frustration foul that could have honestly hurt another player if DC had not been fortunate enough to fall fairly cleanly and in open space.

2. I can live with the Pacers losing to the Heat. I can live with them losing the next 3 games, as long as they are close. The Heat are good; and LeBron and D-Wade don't annoy me as much as they once did, or as much as they seem to annoy others. What I cannot abide is the sycophantic media/announcers/play-by-play at these games. Marv Alberts and Steve Kerr might as well have been the Heat's local team for all of the "unbiased" coverage we got in game 2.

3. The Pacers, on both offense and defense, seem to be dominant for some stretches and absolutely wretched during others. What they have been pretty consistently elite at is mucking the game up. This is a team that can make just about anybody play ugly basketball.

4. Maybe I am showing my own bias again, but I felt like Danny Granger's near foul on LBJ just before the sort-of/almost/not really scuffle was pretty clean. I do not mean that it wasn't a foul, just that he came down partially on top of the guy, and his hand/elbow happened to hit LeBron in the nose. LeBron, however, threw his elbow at DG's head like 10 seconds later for no real reason other than wanting some payback. Danny dodged it, but something tells me that even if he had gotten hit the Refs would still have called a double technical. This of course, is because the idea that you should assess any sort of extra punishment to LeBron for throwing an elbow at a guy's head is anathema to the NBA. (I actually don't blame LeBron for this. Hell, if I got this kind of protection/favoritism all of the time, I would feel like it was justified, too.)

I'm interested to know where you guys think I am being overly biased/off base, and what your own thoughts on the first two games are.

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