Yesterday, I posted my thoughts about how the Cavaliers can win this series, and it included badgering Dwight Howard to get him his 7th technical foul and an automatic one-game suspension.
Then the NBA decided to protect one of its’ stars.
The NBA rescinded Howard’s 6th technical foul (one which he clearly deserved) by stating that his taunting of a player wasn’t worthy of the foul. In this case, the NBA was not officiating the game properly. If J.J. Hickson had done that to a Magic player, or if any other 10th-to-12th man had done that, the NBA would have wasted no time on it whatsoever. But because it was Howard, they protected their money-maker.
Either way, it doesn’t matter tonight, unless you want to badger him into two technicals.
I was listening to Michael Reghi yesterday, and he’s got the best take on the rest of this series. Always the realist, Reghi says that we have three one-game seasons left. Tonight’s game is our season. If we win, we get another game. And then another if we win again.
It sounds reasonable. Do NOT think that we have to win three in a row because we are NOT playing three games tonight.
When a team makes the NFL playoffs, they don’t get all crazy, thinking they have to win three straight games. They focus on the first game and they do NOT prepare for the next one until they’ve won. That’s the example we fans need to follow, because it’s exactly what the players and coaches are doing now.
Tonight, I’ll be at the game again. I’m 5-0 this year at Cavs games, so let’s see if that can continue. Of course, the Cavs are 38-3 when I don’t go to home games, so the odds are good either way….but I’m going just to be safe.