If the Celtics are the aggressors (to use Doc's words) in tonight's game, then they will beat the Magic and even this series at 2-2. If not….well then I start watching a lot more baseball.
There's too much going on in the Western conference for me to ignore. Let's start with the Mavericks/Nuggets game. Carmelo Anthony hits the game-winning (essentially the series clinching) three-pointer yesterday after he got mauled by Antoine Wright. The Mavs had a foul to give and Wright gave it…except Mark Wunderlich never called it. Even though he was standing two feet away from the play.
First, I want to blast the ABC crew of Magic Johnson, Jon Barry and Michael Wilbon who credited the league for admitting guilt (in a statement) and faulted Wright for not playing until the whistle. What did they want Wright to do….slam 'Melo to the ground? If he was more aggressive, he probably would have been called for a flagrant.
Referee performance in the NBA has sunk to a new low. These guys are embarrassing the league. David Stern needs to implement an extensive re-training program for these guys in the off-season.
The Lakers were involved in a dog-fight with the Rockets. But Yao Ming is finished due to a hairline fracture in his foot. I don't know how Stern did pulled this one off, but this is clearly part of the grand plan for the "LeBron vs Kobe" Finals.
After the jump, a new batch of NBA dancer pics. Consider it a Mother's Day tribute.
Today's Links: Globe – Off Day After Off Game | Magic Notes | Celtics Notes | Bob Ryan on Chuck Daly | Herald – Amazing Still Within Reach | Flagrant Riles Up Doc Rivers | Bill Russell Backs Marbury | Orlando Sentinel – Magic Know Fight Isn't Over | Magic Favored By 4.5, But Celtics Best Bet | Sporting News – Put Up or Shutup Sunday | Cavs Up 3-0 on Hawks |