Just when it seemed LeBron James and the Miami Heat had completely righted their ship and were ready to cruise past the Indiana Pacers into the NBA Finals, there’s another potential speedbump.
The ‘Birdman’ got caged.
With one Game 5 meltdown, colorful center Chris Andersen (who resembles a peacock wth all of his body art) may have morphed from X factor to ex factor.
Andersen has been a surprising, supplemental star for the Heat throughout the playoffs. He has made a remarkable 18 consecutive field goals and has somehow shot 37 for 43 during the postseason — an incomprehensible 86 percent from the field!
But this shoving incident with the Pacers’ own Energizer bunny, Tyler Hansbrough, is forcing Birdman to sit for Saturday’s game in Indiana.
Clearly, Andersen flew the coop a bit (OK, couldn’t resist). But was this worth a suspension, especially in the playoffs?