I wish I could be extremely disappointed about the result of the Nuggets/Lakers spin tonight. I wish I could muster a mighty wind about the criminal acts forced on my beloved Nugz by the horrible, horrible, horrible NBA referees in the pivotal Game 5 Wednesday night. As Bill Simmons put it:
…an edited reel of questionable calls from Wednesday night’s Game 5 would be eye-opening, especially Nene’s last two fouls and the 73 times that ‘Melo got hacked without a whistle.
But, whatever. That’s the way the NBA goes. The refs are terrible, and getting worse by the year, since they continue to be the same guys, year after year, only a little older, slower, etc.
Tonight, they just didn’t show up. Maybe it was frustration about the fact that they were the better team in Game 5, and probably Game 1 as well, yet lost them both. More likely, it was just a not-quite-ready-for-prime-time team getting taught a lesson by a team that has been there before. I dunno.
But, it was a good year. Lord knows, the Nuggets forced the Lakers to play a better brand of basketball than they had shown in the playoffs before now – maybe that lesson will serve them well? I know that, if we do get the Lakers/Cavs series that David Stern wants, both teams will have earned it!