I'm back, after a much needed day off, to "take time out of my life to express silly hatred and pure jealousy over a sports team I don't particulary care for." Well at least so is the opinion of UrAjoke. Well this isn't 8th grade and the Boston Celtics are not Johnny Taylor, the kid with the hottest girlfriend in school, so there was no hatred or jealousy involved. It is true I do hate some teams in pro sports and I will mention them now so you know when I will be writing with complete bias. I will honestly tell you that I despise the New York Yankees, Atlanta Braves, New England Patriots, New York Jets, San Antonio Spurs, and, with all my being, the New York Rangers. I made my list and now I will check it twice...the Detroit Pistons and Orlando Magic, nor the NBA front offices and officiating are on there, so I feel free to continue.
Monday's game between the Pistons and Magic was great. You had a great paced 1st quarter where the teams played to a 29-29 tie. You had Detroit proving why they are a great defensive basketball team, holding the Magic to 11 points in the 2nd to take a 10 point lead into half time. Then you had the Magic erasing a one time 14 point deficit to take a 1 point lead in the 3rd. And then...the fastest way to taint an otherwise brilliant game. With 4.8 seconds left on the clock in the 3rd quarter, Rodney Stuckey races down the court, jumps and in mid air passes back to Chauncey Billups, who then buries a long 3 pointer to give the Pistons a 4 point lead. Wow they did that in 4.8 seconds? Uh no. Unlike David Blaine, who cannot do a real magic trick to save his life...I mean seriously guy pull a rabbit out of a hat or something. Who wants to see you sit in a box suspended in mid air for 3 days...oh wait I strayed. Unlike David Blane, the Pistons were the ones with the real magic that night, running that entire sequence in only 0.7 seconds. Phenomenal, right? Wrong. Because like Janet Jackson's exposed breast on Superbowl Sunday, there was a malfunction. This time a clock malfunction. And after further video review it showed that the play actually took 5.5 seconds and the shot shouldn't have counted. The Magic then went on to pull a stunning 93-92 victory out, evening the series at 1.
Oh but that's what could've happened. But this isn't It's a Wonderful Life, and we don't get to go back and have a do over. Because what really happened was the referees were not allowed to use video review, thus needing to "estimate" how long the play took. And like the utter mathematical geniuses they are, they estimated the play took 4.3 seconds. Yeah sometimes I pull numbers out of my ass too. Like when a cop pulls me over and asks me if I know how fast I was going. So what was a 2 point game with only 11 seconds to go in the game, could have been a 1 point lead in favor of the away team. Ofcourse theres no way of speculating what would've happened if they had disallowed the basket, so you can't automatically say the Magic would've won. But what we do know is that with 11 seconds left the score really should've been 93-92 in favor of Orlando, and we pray that would've stopped Hedo Turkaglu from heaving up that disgusting 3 with 45 seconds left.
I'm not saying this is a tainted win by Detroit, they played a heck of a game. But it is a heartbreaker for the Magic, especially in a playoff game. The real crime is the fact that the refs could not use the video replay. It's absurd to me that we can't use technology to our advantage. Why, because it'll ruin the integrity of the sport? We're not asking to review if a guy's foot was on the line, we're merely asking to use technology to correct a problem that was caused by technology. I think a video replay evens out a malfunctioning clock anyday. The point is, the NBA should revisit their rules on replay when it comes to clock errors. Because following the system they have now put a black cloud on an otherwise outstanding playoff game.
I'm realizing now I should have put David Blaine on my most hated list. He'd be right below the Rangers.