WHO HURTS MORE? THE PISTONS? OR OFFICIALS?
I really need you guys to comment on this.
While doing the Sports Inferno Show with my partner Mike we've encountered a number of Pistons fans who say the officials have influenced this series and been a detriment to the Pistons.
They see conspiracy theories floating in the air. And they say the NBA is so eager to have a Miami-San Antonio series (or is it more like a Shaquille O'Neal and Dwyane Wade against Tim Duncan series) that it will do anything with in its power to do it.
Some of you already know I believe shady things happen in the NBA. There are things called "league games" during the regular season when players know they have little chance of winning. I do believe officials are given mandates to watch certain teams more closely than others and we see weird calls from time to time.
In this series I've just seen bad officiating and it has affected both teams. O'Neal has been in early foul trouble early as has Wade. People complain about the Shaq hook and all the other bullish things he does when going to the basket.
Well folks this is not a get the Pistons the heck out of the playoffs moves by officials. They have allowed this all of his career. Why do you think they would stop now?
The reason the Pistons do not lead this series is because they've been too complacent too often. And have you noticed in each game one team comes out with more energy than the other? And that is usually the team that wins.
There is a flaw in the Heat and the Pistons. Both teams play hard when they want. And they coast when they can. And I hate to go back to the good old days of basketball. But the Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers and Pistons of the 1980s would never do this.
Shame on both teams.
So folks it is not the officials. It is more of the Pistons taking short cuts.
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