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Super Mario and the Heat Are One Game Away

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Big 3 look good, but Mario is the real chalmer.

It wasn’t Lebron James, it wasn’t Dwayne Wade and it wasn’t Chris Bosh, so who pushed the Miami Heat to a 104-98 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder in game 4 of the NBA Finals?  His name is Mario Chalmers and he was absolutely marvelous.  When the Heat were down and needed a place to turn, Mario took a note out of Russel Westbrook’s book and focused more on scoring rather than passing.  Now that is not typically the mentality you want from your starting point guard but there are many times when it is effective.  Chalmers scored 25 points which was only 1 point behind James for their team high.  There were times late in the game where Chalmers looked as dominant as he once did when he played for the Kansas Jayhawks.

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West broke without Westbrook

OKC came out to a blazing start and seemed to have complete control over the game.  Unfortunately for the Thunder, they really only had one player show up and that was Russel Westbrook.  Westbrook had a performance that I can only describe as one of the most impressive offensive outbursts I have ever seen in an NBA Finals game.  Russel had a stat line of 43 points, including 17 in the fourth, and 7 rebounds and 5 assists.  Westbrook’s PIC (Partner in Crime), Kevin Durant, seemed a little flat during the game and although he finished with 28 points he never seemed to make the big shot that shifted momentum back into the Thunder’s favor.  Sixth man of the year, James Harden, was pathetic all game and if he doesn’t turn it around then the Thunder have absolutely no chance to beat Miami Thursday.

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It took a while but I found the definition of Referee that seems to fit: “a person who is willing to testify to the character or capabilities of someone”. So not necessarily someone who judges play, but a character reference for Lebron.

Now I don’t like making excuses, especially in the Finals, but something is getting out of hand.  The refereeing in this series as well as every one of Lebron James’ series, has been inconsistent and unfair.  Westbrook had 43 points, he took 18 shots from within the painted area and seemed to get hacked nearly every time.  He accumulated 3 foul shots.  Lebron and Wade had 51 points combined, they took a total of 17 shots from within the painted area and got to the line 17 times.  That stat seems a little off because there is no way the calls can be that lopsided.  OKC went to the foul line the second most amount of times out of every team in the NBA during the regular season but only made it there 16 times in game 4.  That is a fucking joke because the refs seem to cradle Lebron James’ testicles in their hands as he hacks players without whistles on a regular basis.  Even my PIC, NYBobby, called me during the game to say he noticed what I and the basketball world have been saying all year.

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Despite obvious help from refs, James still manages to be the best B-baller on his own.

ESPN analyst Steven A. Smith has been criticizing the refereeing all playoffs long and said this morning that one of the reasons that Durant is getting the shit end of every call this series is because he is too skinny.  That really pisses me off because with that logic I should be in the NBA because my fat ass would be getting every call in my favor.  Now I will stop bitching about the refs and give some credit where credit is due.  Lebron James is the best player in the world.  He can dominate whenever he wants and in game 4 he even proved that he can score without being able to use his legs.  Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said after the game that James was cramping because he was dehydrated.  Well Erik, maybe you should grab the man a cup of water once in a while because he is about to win you your first of many undeserved championships.  The series seems to be slipping away from OKC and now Thursday’s game will determine if these two teams are going to travel back to Oklahoma.  If OKC can win Thursday then its anyone’s series from there on.

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2 responses

  1. Ben,

    As somebody who is watching and rooting objectively (though pulling for Miami a little bit), I have to agree with Matt on last night’s game. Miami is getting the majority of the calls. There were two plays in particular that caught my attention. One was a break away by Harden in which he got bumped from behind by Wade and missed a lay up. Now the contact came before the shot and Harden still should have converted, but if it was Miami on the break that would have been called for sure. Another was a rebound that Haslem was able to tip out to Chalmers for a wide open three, in which Udonis went right over Fisher’s back and knocked him to the floor. Usually the calls go to the aggressor, and Miami has definitely been on the attack throughout the series, but Matt’s point that Westbrook had as many shots in the paint as Wade and James combined, but shot so many less free throw attempts is alarming. I don’t want to say that Miami won because of the refs, but I really think they had a clear advantage in how the game was called. With that said, I’m happy for LeBron and for his sake, I hope he closes tomorrow night as he really deserves the title and Durant will certainly get his in the future anyway.

    June 20, 2012 at 9:59 PM

  2. Ben

    On this night I think it was a symptom of the refs swallowing their whistles when players actually made shots in the paint. Simmons tweeted about some of the whistles being late, which I noticed as well. I don’t recall seeing too many three-point play opportunities (I think Wade and Bosh had one each early in the game and Westbrook one in the second half), so Russell was kind of a victim of his own efficiency, as most of the plays that could’ve been fouls he made the shot anyway. Right from the get go, the refs seemed to have a “let them play” mentality.

    With all that being said…….ONE WIN AWAY, BITCHES.

    June 20, 2012 at 11:16 AM

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