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Old 05-18-2006, 07:30 AM   #136
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The Spurs finally get a break last night.

Tim Duncan continues to play like a champion and, for a change, he gets some, limited, support from Manu and Parker.

And, finally, and most importantly, the Mavs stop getting freebies from the officials. Wimpy Nowitzki does not get the calls he neves should have gotten (but that he got in the two previous games) and the game ends up having a logical result. Spurs win.

And WTF is going on with Detroit? How can they be sucking so much all of a sudden? I think Stern paid the Pistons a few bucks to make this series more interesting... otherwise, this does not make any sense.
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Perhaps the Pissed-ons aren't as good as advertised.
Perhaps they miss Larry Brown and the ability(and desire) to defend instead of the Flipside offensive attack, which fails when they go into their patented droughts (which they have done all through their recent run but have until now overcome with strong defense).
Perhaps Rasheed Wallace should have kept his mouth shut.
Perhaps LeBron is good enough to almost single handedly beat the Pissed-ons.
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Old 05-18-2006, 11:24 AM   #138
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Perhaps they miss Larry Brown and the ability(and desire) to defend instead of the Flipside offensive attack, which fails when they go into their patented droughts (which they have done all through their recent run but have until now overcome with strong defense).
this is the key, IMO... they just don't have the same intensity on the defensive end. i mean shit, flip has htem playing a zone... a zone, with that team... rediculous. they won a championship and got back to the finals based on their superior defense, obviously not on their offense, which even in their championship run was mediocre at best, often times looking absolutely horrific.
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from The Onion.com

SAN ANTONIO—Manu Ginobili oversold his attempt to get Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki called for a charging foul in the third quarter of Game 5 Wednesday, according to teammates, opposing players, and frustrated emergency medical personnel who grudgingly carried off the Spurs shooting guard in a stretcher despite the fact that he was clearly still breathing. "We kept shaking his shoulder and telling him, 'Manu, wake up, we got the ball back,' but he just kept lying there for a good five minutes," said teammate Tony Parker, adding that Ginobili was unresponsive to loud shouts in his ear and showed no signs of movement except a slight smirk after Tim Duncan pried his right eyelid open. "I guess maybe he thought that if the ref saw that he was really still alive, he might reverse the call. It's too bad he had to miss the rest of the game when he was taken to the hospital." NBA analysts say are calling this incident the most extreme case of flopping since 1992, when Vlade Divac, who was hiding a razor in his wristband, surreptitiously sliced his supraorbital vein and bled to death after drawing minor contact with the Clippers' Danny Manning.
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And Jason Terry is suspended for game 6 for throwing a punch at Michael Finley that the refs never saw, and league officials could not find upon reviewing videotape.

Can we now stop with the BS that the refs are jobbing the Spurs, and perhaps spin the conspiracy theory around 180 degrees.
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not basketball related, but if you want acting, this is top notch:

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That was pitifull
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Reminds me of the Russian hockey player years ago. They were the best actors.
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well the cavs completely blew their only chance to win this series

how many opportunities does a team have to get before they actually take advantage of one of 'em... shit. terrible shot after terrible shot by the pistons, missed free throw after missed free throw, and cleveland couldn't pull down a defensive rebound.

and an absolutely terrible decision by lebron to penetrate on that last play... he had an open look for a three, too... but tried to drive-draw-dish and got screwed by a smart foul by ben wallace (not sure if it was on purpose... but if it was, it was a great play).
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i can believe that dallas can win tonight without terry ... what's surprising is that they've been in complete control of the game the entire way. it's still close and all, but the spurs just seem out of it.

still a long way to go, of course
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well the cavs completely blew their only chance to win this series

how many opportunities does a team have to get before they actually take advantage of one of 'em... shit. terrible shot after terrible shot by the pistons, missed free throw after missed free throw, and cleveland couldn't pull down a defensive rebound.

and an absolutely terrible decision by lebron to penetrate on that last play... he had an open look for a three, too... but tried to drive-draw-dish and got screwed by a smart foul by ben wallace (not sure if it was on purpose... but if it was, it was a great play).
Wait a minute...

You take every chance you can to point out how overrated and over-praised the Pistons are, how pathetic and disgusting they are....yet with the statement 'well the cavs completely blew their only chance to win this series', you sound like you think the Pistons are a powerhouse that can't be defeated at home.

Which one is it?
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I am annoyed by certain teams being unable to close out series' on their own floor.

First the Cavs fail to take advantage of any of the 42653462 mistakes the Pistons made in Cleveland, then the Mavs choked in the last four minutes against the Spurs in Dallas.

This league is in great need of parity, and the Spurs and Pistons being eliminated would have provided some, but now there will be Game 7s in Detroit and San Antonio.

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and an absolutely terrible decision by lebron to penetrate on that last play... he had an open look for a three, too... but tried to drive-draw-dish and got screwed by a smart foul by ben wallace (not sure if it was on purpose... but if it was, it was a great play).
I am pretty sure it was intentional.

Ben Wallace also delivered a pretty hard foul on Lebron earlier in the game (he did get a piece of the ball as well). This should have happened long ago.
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Dallas really blew that game. That was an awful shot by Dirk at the end.
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[B]And Jason Terry is suspended for game 6 for throwing a punch at Michael Finley that the refs never saw, and league officials could not find upon reviewing videotape.
It was actually pretty clear to me... and, yesterday, during the Broadcast, they repeated it and it was super obvious that he hit him... talk about an immature player hitting a former teammate. And a 1-game suspension seemed too generous to me. He deserved more than that.

You may argue as much as you want about Manu but, last night, he carried the Spurs on his own, especially when Duncan got in foul trouble. And even when Parker choked and sucked.

That is the main difference I see between Manu and Parker. Manu rises to the occasion in big games. Parker chokes.

I hope that game 6 last night shows a change in momentum in this series and that the Spurs can close out the Mavs on Monday. My sense is that, when Nowitzki is not playing at his best, the Mavs are just an ok team. They truly need the German to make a difference.
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