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Carlisle questions 'legal limits' of D on Dirk

Posted on: May 22, 2011 4:17 pm
Posted by Royce Young

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Look at the box score from Saturday's Thunder-Mavericks Game 3 in Oklahoma City. Notice anything funny? No, not that the Thunder shot just 1-17 from 3. No, not that Dirk Nowitzki had as many turnovers as made baskets (seven).

What's striking is that Dirk only took one -- count it, one -- free throw. And it came via a technical foul no less. This after he took 34 in the first two games, including a historic 24-24 from the stripe in Game 1.

There's no doubt that Nick Collison's defense on Dirk has been almost inspiring. Collison has earned a reputation in the postseason for being one of the best defensive big men stoppers in the game with the way he covered Zach Randolph and now how he's made life tough on Dirk. But one of the strategies Collison employs is being physical with Dirk, both on and off the ball.

Mavs coach Rick Carlisle was impressed with Collison's defense saying he's one of the "best post defenders in basketball," but added a caveat to it.

"Now, I don't know in terms of legal limits. I believe the line may have been crossed at times, and if so, I mean, the league will see that."

In other words, "He's fouling my guy! But I'm also trying to choose my words carefully as to not get a fine."

Dirk didn't really complain about it though.

"I obviously didn't get a lot of whistles going to the basket," Nowitzki said. "So I had to go with the one or two dribbles and up."

On the floor though, Dirk did his fair share though. After a hard drive to the basket where he obviously thought there was contact, Dirk turned to official Bob Delaney and informed him that the legal limits were indeed crossed on that particular play.

It's always kind of funny how things change with different officiating crews. In Game 1, Joey Crawford and his group saw almost everything as a foul. It was called fairly on both ends as both teams got the benefit of a touchy whistle. Game 2, a bit more was allowed. Game 3, Dirk got roughed up a bit. Collison for the most part played within the legal limits I'd say, doing a good job of using his body and not his hands to defend Dirk. Twice Collison anticipated Dirk putting the ball on the floor and forced a jump ball. No foul, no line-crossing there. Just great defense.

At the same time, you typically see stars such as Dirk get calls in most of those situations though. I think it's a credit to Game 3's crew for not feeling an obligation to just reward Dirk because he's Dirk.

The fact Dirk went just 7-21 from the floor and turned it over seven times has a lot less to do with the officiating and lot more to do with Collison. But within that, Collison was enabled by being allowed to push some boundaries. Carlisle may be right. The Thunder's approach may have crossed a line. But it's pretty simple: If they don't call it, then it wasn't a foul.

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: May 22, 2011 6:55 pm

Carlisle questions 'legal limits' of D on Dirk

But it's pretty simple: If they don't call it, then it wasn't a foul. 
What is this?  Is this an epic bullshit apologist for the NBA fixing games and throwing them with one sided officiating?  We all know that in the NBA black players sell jerseys.   Lets be straight:  the sport is primarily black so its obviously in the NBA's interest to have say, Dwayne Wade and Shaq win rings rather than Dirk Nowiztki.  More teenagers will buy a Dwayne Wade jersey and shoes rather than Dirk's so the same would likely go for Kevin Durant.  Don't get me wrong, I like the Thunder and would be going for them if it wasn't against my Mavericks but the WWE 'look away' is well in effect for the Mavericks.  18 more free throws in what would have been a blow out clearly shows the fix is in although its not working out for Stern and his marketing crew.  The good thing is that the better team won anyways.   Go Mavs!

Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: May 22, 2011 5:47 pm

Carlisle questions 'legal limits' of D on Dirk

Young says, " typically see stars such as Dirk get calls in most of those situations though. I think it's a credit to Game 3's crew for not feeling an obligation to just reward Dirk because he's Dirk." Nice call hypocrite. Do you think it would be possible to estimate the number of calls Jordan and Magic got just because they were MJ and Magic? Perhaps you should dwell on that a bit. How about Jordan's famous "clear out" obvious foul, when he swept away the defender to hit the game winner in his last hurrah? You think Jordan got a little leeway from the ref on that one? Do you think the ref was influenced in any way because it was Jordan? Magic Johnson and Michael Jordan changed the way NBA games are called, and it ruined the NBA as we used to know it. It began the era of letting the star do anything he wanted, as long as he finished with a flourish. Take three steps to the rim? No problem, provided you throw it down, hang on the rim, and scream. Jordan traveled more than any player in history. But he was Mike. Back over a defender (Shaq), and plow him like a field? No problem, if you posterize the defender, and the pathetic nerds in the stands bump their chests. Carry and palm the ball (Iverson) on every possession? No problem, if you do something athletic, like an illegal crossover. The NBA has turned into nothing more than WWE. It's all showmanship, false bravado, talking smack, and humiliating your opponent. If you have to break a few rules, or the refs look the other way, who cares? Let's all bump chests together.

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