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JD Sports Forum! / Re: NBA 2005/06
« on: June 21, 2006, 12:05 AM »
congrats to the heat fans.  it was another nail biter.   

Wow ... what a game.  I need to calm down.
 ;D

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JD Sports Forum! / Re: NBA 2005/06
« on: June 20, 2006, 10:23 PM »
Great first half ... for both teams.  Do you think these guys could go on a few more runs?
 ;)
Miami sustained Dallas' high-energy opening outburst, which was critical for them to have a chance in this game.  And I love to see Diggler having a good game and playing aggressively.  It looks like he and Wade are setting the table for quite the shootout.

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JD Sports Forum! / Re: NBA 2005/06
« on: June 20, 2006, 03:40 PM »
And the one bit of joy that I would get out of a Dallas win in this series would be to watch David Stern have to present the Championship trophy to Cuban.  I'd almost pay to see that.

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JD Sports Forum! / Re: NBA 2005/06
« on: June 20, 2006, 03:39 PM »
Two simple, casual thoughts from a simple, casual basketball fan:

1. I know this is a "must win" game for the Mavericks tonight, but isn't it kind of a must win game for the Heat, too, given that it's virtually impossible to win a Game 7 on the road, in pretty much any sport?

2.  I'm glad that the series is back in Dallas, if only for the reason that the player introductions in Miami were some of the most annoying and obnoxious intros I've ever seen and heard.  Their PA guy sucked, and they were way too long.  The other night, when the national anthem started up, I went for a piss, and then fixed myself a drink, came back, and they were still in the middle of introducing the HEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEeeeeeeeeeaaaaat.

Sorry; nobody's intros will ever be as good as the Jordan-era Bulls intros were.  No sense in trying to top them.

I agree with everything you said above.  Though I don't think the Heat will beat Dallas four straight times, they have a better chance of winning the Series tonight then if it goes to Game 7.  And that's what makes me nervous.  The Heat don't always "show up" when they perceive that the situation lacks urgency.  I think that they must win tonight, but I can see that they may be thinking, "Well, we have two chances to win this thing."
I'm a fan of the Heat, but I wish their announcer would just shut the **** up (though he isn't as annoying as the Pistons' announcer).  There have been many that have tried to imitate the great Ray Clay and the way he announced the Bulls' lineup during the Jordan Era.  I've yet to see anyone come even close.  

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JD Sports Forum! / Re: NBA 2005/06
« on: June 20, 2006, 08:13 AM »
I expect Dallas to come out with a lot of energy tonight.  The home crowd will really get behind them.  Miami will have to weather the initial storm if they are to have a chance to win this thing.  It's going to be a tough game for them ... especially seeing that they tend not to show up when they aren't facing elimination.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Thoughts and all that sappy stuff
« on: June 19, 2006, 11:20 PM »
As I have only been on these boards for a few months, I did not know Shannon.  I can only offer my condolences to her family and friends and remind them not to concentrate on mourning her passing, but to celebrate her life, and remember all of the great times they had together.   The memories they have of her will be with them forever.  I lost my father to cancer about 6 weeks ago, and it's not an easy thing to see happen to a person. 
I'm so sorry.
 :(

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JD Sports Forum! / Re: NBA 2005/06
« on: June 19, 2006, 02:10 PM »
Despite the "TO call" last night, it really shouldn't have even come to that.  The Mavs missed 3 of their last 4 foul shots (Dampier and Howard) and basically gave the game away.  Even Shaq was 2-2 in the final minute foul shots in game 3, and he's a disaster on the foul line.

Yeah ... there were plenty of occasions last night where plays were made (or not made) that affected the outcome of the game.  It's unfortunate that the officiating is taking center stage in this one, but that's the way it goes.  Miami got hosed pretty bad in one of the games in Dallas when Shaq and Wade were the only two players to shoot foul shots for the entire game.  They didn't get the calls because they were passive and settling for jumpers ... which is similar to the way Dallas played in Miami.  Dirk and Co. will get calls if they give the refs no choice but to make calls for them.  I expect Dallas to be much more aggressive in Game 6.

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JD Sports Forum! / Re: NBA 2005/06
« on: June 19, 2006, 01:25 PM »
I guess my point is that the officiating is never going to be perfect, and unfortunately, the NBA probably has the worst officiating of any of the major sports.  I just hate when a loss is blamed on the refs.  Like I said before, it takes away from the great games that certain players (Wade, Terry, Howard) had, and puts the attention and emphasis on the wrong thing.

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JD Sports Forum! / Re: NBA 2005/06
« on: June 19, 2006, 12:44 PM »
This series demonstrates the vast anti-German conspiracy that has been showcased by NBA officials over the past few years.  The officials concocted a plot against Dirk Nowitzki before the Finals even began, and became angry when they could not alter the results of games 1 and 2, and are now coming full throttle at the Mavs in the closing minutes of each game to ensure that the Heat win. 

Hahaha ... that's awesome.  The league must not be ready to be dominated by a German player.




Then again ... we do have a reigning two-time MVP who is white and Canadian.
 ;)

Back to the fouls ... do I think that Wade was fouled on that last play?  Yes ... but I think that he got hit worse by Harris, who basically cut out one of his legs.  The foul should've been called, but probably not on Diggler.
Dallas has no one to blame but themselves for the foul-shooting disparity.  When you employ the hack-a-Shaq strategy, it can sometimes backfire.  Yes, you put Shaq and his putrid shooting percentage on the line, but you also put the Heat in the penalty.  When Wade knows that the other team is in the penalty, he attacks.  You really have no choice but to foul him.  If you lay off him, he hits jumpers in your face, like he did at the end of the third quarter/beginning of the fourth quarter.  And though it may be hard to believe, there were some ****** calls on both sides of the ball.  Haslem didn't really earn six personals last night, and the one that sent him out of the game was a phantom call.  I do hate when a game comes down to the officials, though.  It lessens the outcome, and partially negates the brilliant performances some of these players put on.
You'll see a different scenario in Game 6.  Cuban will whine enough from now until then, and it always seems that the refs favor the home team a bit.  Miami will have to play the game of their lives if they expect to get out of this series with a championship.

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JD Sports Forum! / Re: NBA 2005/06
« on: June 19, 2006, 12:49 AM »
Best player in the game .....



It's a shame that a game that good had to end with a bone-headed mistake by a great young player who played a terrific game.
I still don't think the Heat can win in Dallas, but at least they now have two chances to do it.  The pressure is now on Dallas.
And Rob ... I appreciate the joke about Wade's foul shooting.  Still, Dallas primarily shoots jumpers, and Miami consistently attacks the rim (especially Wade).  There should be no surprise that the Heat shoot more foul shots.  Also, Dallas went with the chicken-**** hack-a-Shaq strategy tonight, and though it worked, it also put the Heat in the penalty faster.  When Wade knows that his team is in the penalty, he attacks even more and gets to the line.  Intentionally fouling Shaq may have actually backfired a bit tonight.

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JD Sports Forum! / Re: NBA 2005/06
« on: June 19, 2006, 12:08 AM »
This series has been too good to not have at least one overtime game, right?
Even if Miami doesn't win this game, it's been a great one to watch.

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JD Sports Forum! / Re: NBA 2005/06
« on: June 18, 2006, 10:34 PM »
Ball or not, an ejection was not warranted.

Well, he wasn't ejected from the game ... which supports even stronger the fact that he shouldn't have been suspended.  Like I said in my previous post, the league is getting a bit soft.
As for tonight's game, it's a must-win for Miami ... but their level of intensity in the first half made it look like no one bothered to tell them that.  If they want a chance to win this thing, they MUST go back to Dallas up 3-2.  They need to pick it up in the second half.

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JD Sports Forum! / Re: NBA 2005/06
« on: June 18, 2006, 06:52 PM »
Stackhouse was definitely NOT going for the ball.  He meant to foul Shaq hard and put him on the foul line.  And that's exactly what he did.  In no way did he deserve to be suspended.  This game is getting a bit too soft.  Hell, when the Bad Boys used to utilize the Jordan Rules against MJ, they'd foul him like that all of the time.

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JD Sports Forum! / Re: NBA 2005/06
« on: June 16, 2006, 08:05 AM »
What?  Do you have something against interracial man-love?
 ;)

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JD Sports Forum! / Re: NBA 2005/06
« on: June 16, 2006, 12:28 AM »
:-[

It stopped being a sweep two nights ago.

Really?  I wasn't aware of that.  Thanks for keeping me up on things.

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