Look, I know I’m biased. I’m a Sixers fan and I hate the Heat. But yesterday’s game was one of the most disheartening, outrageous sports scenes that I have seen in quite some time.
When I tuned into the game, it was the second quarter and the Sixers were up by double digits. Then what happened? The Sixers offense went cold thanks to Miami’s zone (conceded) and then the Heat’s next 6 possessions went like this: foul, foul, foul, foul, foul…foul.
I left them room at one point, pissed off at a bad call that sent a Heat player to the line, went to check my e-mail, came back 5 minutes later, and another Heat player was at the line.
F that. It’s complete and utter bullshit. The Heat shot more free throws IN THAT QUARTER then the Sixers did in the ENTIRE GAME. But all you’re gonna hear about today on ESPN is how great the Heat were at coming back in the second quarter. Not a word shall be spoken that 30 percent of their points in the entire game came on fucking free throws.
Total free throws for the game: Miami: 39, Sixers: 15.
The shitty thing is, anyone who doesn’t care about the NBA will look at this and say, “He’s just complaining cause his team lost.” And I am, to an extent, but I also watched the fucking game.
I also saw the refs completely change the Sixers rhythm in the second and then when they were threatening a come back down the stretch, saw the refs send the Heat back to the line.
I also saw Thad Young get pushed into the crowd on a layup attempt (no call) score the point and sprint shoeless back down the court. I also saw out of control Lebron charge into Thad and knock him down (no call), I also saw Wade kick a Sixer as he was shooting and the Sixers get called for the foul.
I also expected to see a fair fight.
The Heat are a higher seed then the Sixers, they are “better” than the Sixers. They don’t need the refs help to win. But they are getting it. The better team today? The Sixers, which says a lot cause they didn’t even play their best game. And that scares the shit out of the NBA.
After passionately following a team for an entire season, going to two games and watching them develop and come in to their own, I thought I would get a chance to see them get a fair shake against the Heat. I was wrong.