You know how your parents say “don’t make that face or else it will get stuck that way” ?
Well my face is still stuck this way.
The referees definitely did not take it easy on the whistle in this game. Paul Pierce fouled out in the opening minutes of the overtime period. Lebron James fouled out for the first time (3 were offensive) in his career as a member of the Miami Heat. Both Brandon Bass and Mickael Pietrus ended the game with 5 fouls too.
I always assumed that during playoff basketball the refs would let a little bit of nasty happen but the prevalence of flopping has taken away that privilege. The tempo of this game was really broken up by the frequent calls made by the referees, I’m not talking about light calls on flagrant fouls or technicals. I’m talking about offensive fouls on Garnett and Lebron. I think that they should just let those two go to work on each other and fight it out without having to worry about soft calls.
Rondo had a great game as per usual, by halftime he had tallied 8 points, 10 assists, and 4 rebounds. Ray Allen, made some clutch 3’s and also made nice contact with the side of the backboard in the waning seconds of the fourth quarter. Garnett had a throwback game (17 points, 14 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals, 5 blocks) but also littered with 5 turnovers and 5 fouls. And Pierce led the C’s with 23 points on 8 for 18 shooting. Even contributions from all the members of the big 4 kept the game close in what was ultimately a ugly game.
The game seemed to be always going in the favor of the Heat though. Costly turnovers by Marquis Daniels could have iced the game for the Heat, if only Shane Battier and Dwyane Wade could make an open 3.
The Heat came back from 18 down to make it a 1 possession game for most of the 4th quarter. James made the open 3, and Wade missed an open 3. Who does this team belong to again?