PhinsPhan said:X-Con I agree that not all is to blame on the officials. I said it was a joke, and IMO it was the worst game I have seen for calls in a long time. Dirk had 2 obvious fouls against him in the first half that just werent called. The swipe at Yao in the 4th they called on Howard. Yao got hacked so many times when going for the hoop, especially on 2 occasions in the last 2:30 of the ball game. Not to mention the Finley thing. Then there is the series right before half time. Jump Ball you have to be kidding me. That is a foul in any game on Stackhouse. McGrady getting a foul for the phantom call on Dirk to pick up his fifth. Bowen getting called for a foul with 16 sec left. finley covered up the ball and I saw a jump ball coming up (this was not as severe). In one play McGrady got shoved in the back while going up for the layup, missed the shot, Yao got sandwhiched hacked by Nowitzki AND Howard I believe and put the ball in (but without a call), this was around the 1:30-2:00 mark if you have TiVo I think. That is just some of them.
The way to help blow a 2 game lead is by having Mark Cuban whine about the calls on his website and the league to immediately follow suit. I believe Van Gundy, that is not something you make up. Plus when I watched game 3 I saw instantly that Dallas was getting generous calls.
I still believe 100% Houston will win the series in 7. McGrady will be a man possessed, Yao will have an easier games 6 & 7 after the league turns its attention back to him after how bad game 5 was perceived. Most importantly though it comes down to Wesley, Sura, James, Padgett, Barry all hitting their open shots. Everyone kept saying it comes down to Yao scoring 20 or being a dominant factor. It simply doesnt, if those guys hit their shots that they are hired to do then Houston wins. If not they dont really stand a chance no matter how good Yao and Tmac do. The reason Houston lost the last 2 games is pure sloppy play. The officiating didnt help any in game 3,4, or especially 5 but they still could have won those games. Too many missed free throws, too many turnovers, the worst two defensive sequences in a row I have seen them play since the Mobley, Francis era that happend in the closing minutes. Pick and Roll to Nowitzki and before that no one picking up Stackhouse on the three. Too many missed open layups, and too many missed open shots.
This is a great series, I am also hating the Mavs especially Terry so much right now. they are one of my favorite teams during the regular season. It is funny how playoffs flip that on you.
DaMiAmIDoLpHiNz said:BTW explain to me how that foul with tmac and padgett works. Or better yet, how about that that play where barry got the rebound after a mavs miss and Finley comes and slaps the ball out of barry's hands WHILE he is out of bounds. :shakeno: