During the first five games of the series, the Pacers were a plus-30 with Roy Hibbert (12 rebounds) on the court. Well last night, he really didn’t do anything in the first half outside of making a miraculous 25-footer. Part of that was Indiana. We weren’t sure what they were doing in the first half, outside of taking low-percentage shots in the lane. And Danny Granger was just as invisible, content to take four of his six shots from beyond the arc. The last one sent him to the locker room after he came down on James’ foot and rolled his ankle … One thing we have to point out again is the overreaction from everyone on cuts to the face. Wade was smacked in the face by Psycho T during the first half last night and his face opened up. Hansbrough was called for a flagrant because Wade’s face opened up, even though he went for the ball and hit the face on the swing through. Do some of these people realize how easy it is to cut your face in basketball? Hell, in anything? Opening someone’s face up is not that hard. Then a few minutes later, Udonis Haslem actually DID take out Psycho with a judo chop from both hands onto his face. Of course, both fouls were rated exactly the same in the eyes of the refs. That makes sense. If that had been Metta hitting Hansbrough like that, they would’ve locked him up on the spot and given him a flagrant-12 … According to Mike Wells, Larry Bird said this after the game: “I can’t believe my team went soft. S-O-F-T. I’m disappointed. I never thought it would happen.” Wow … And who caught this unreal soundbite from Metta World Peace yesterday? In his exit interview, he defended Laker coach Mike Brown by saying: “Mike wasn’t out there guarding Kevin [Durant]. That was me. Kevin scored on me. Mike didn’t miss that 3-point shot. I missed it. Mike didn’t come into camp out of shape.” The he hesitated before saying, “Wait … he did come in out of shape. Mike is a fat ass.” … Metta also continued to say the Lakers were the best team in the NBA and that “the best team in the league should be up 3-2 right now.” Okay dude … We’re out like Granger.
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