Where the general feeling is that the Cavs are already the Eastern Conference champions, except if you ask diehard Heat fans like me who will deny it and say that the Heat are gonna go all the way despite struggling with the Hawks.
Down 12 with 8 should have laid down Up 8 with 3 should have won Ray Allen made like Downtown Freddie Brown Tony Allen sucks.
I won't get on Pierce for missing shots at the end of regulation or overtime, that happens. Would rather have had Ray Allen take at least one of the shots the way he was going, but still gun to head will take my chance on Pierce in that situation. But, why for the love of all that is holy in this world would you pass up an open 3 in a tie game in the 3rd overtime in order to drive and attempt to pass to Scalabrine?
Triple Overtime I want my Noah poster Dunking over Pierce
If you're Paul Pierce, WHY do you take yourself out of the game by fouling Noah on that dunk? That was such a bad move, because Noah was going to score on that one anyway. Not only did it end up being a 3-point play, but it fouled Pierce out, which killed the C's in the final seconds.
Simmons had it right. This series is an all-time classic.
EDIT: Speaking of Simmons, I'd be remiss if I didn't mention Tracy McGrady as a Ewing Theory candidate. I'm almost wondering if Houston's series win seals his fate, once and for all.
(edited by It's False on 1.5.09 0320)
"It's worth remembering that sometimes popular things are popular for a reason. Because they're GOOD or because Will Smith is in it."
If the Bulls and Celtics series is going to be called the best first round series ever (ESPN's words, not mine) then at what point do we call Hawks/Heat the worst first round series ever? How do you play a series that is so close it has to go seven games and yet none of the games (so far) have been won by single digits?
The thing that would sicken me if was a Bulls fan throughout the off-season is that the game was close to tipping to a Bulls rout late 1st quarter/early 2nd quarter and Brian Scalabrine (also known as the 15th man on the Celtics title team) prevented the game from developing into a Bulls blitz. When he gets hot, Eddie House can turn into Microwave Johnson.
Eddie House just straight up can shoot. Don't ask him to dribble or lead a team. But hit him with that jumper and he's lethal. Celtics were calm the entire game, even with pseudoStarBury shooting two free throws with less than a minute to play. I really don't see them rolling over for the Cavs. Garnett has to play some role.
"What you don't understand, you can make mean anything." -Palahniuk
Even more important for the Tigers is that this gets them to 3-1 in the conference. With the Big XII down in a big way this year, Mizzou could win enough games to sneak into the tourney even with a less than stellar non-conference resume.