Questionable Officiating Determines Game 4

Posted on 31. May, 2013 by in NBA

Many had written off the Indiana Pacers after being trounced at home in the pivotal game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals, however the leagues best defensive team once again displayed how they earned that title.  Furthermore, the Pacers out rebounded Miami 49-30 leading to several second and third chance opportunities that gradually deteriorated the quick but small Miami Heat defense.  With that being said, Miami held a 3 point lead with the games final stretch approaching when the game began to spiral out of control.  One minute remained in the game as Dwyane Wade held the ball on the left wing waiting for a screen from James.  Unfortunately for Miami Lebron was called for an illegal screen and was given his fourth foul of the quarter and sixth of the game; fouling out for only the second time in the 128 (and counting) career postseason games.  This was a crushing blow as the Heat were now faced with a 4-point deficit and had to make it up without their MVP.  The following possession Wade came off of a v-cut and after making a step back move and passing to an open Shane Battier for a 3-pointer he was called for a travel.  Back to back possessions were determined by the men not competing for the Eastern Conference crown, and these calls have unfortunately overshadowed what was otherwise a very exciting game.

With that being said, two plays do not determine a basketball game and the Heat cannot expect to win by having only one starter earning a positive plus-minus (Mario Chalmers +11).  The series returns to Miami tonight where the series is now a best of 3 with the action returning to Indiana for what will be a potential clinching game for the winner of tonight’s contest.

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