Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals boiled down to one
Was it a foul or wasn’t it?
The foul in question was on LeBron James with 56 seconds
remaining in a nip-and-tuck game. The key was it was his sixth
foul, essentially sealing the Heat’s fate in their 99-92 loss to the Pacers to tie the series at
Sounds ho-hum but when you take into consideration that this was
only the second time in LBJ’s lengthy playoff career that he
has hit the showers early (Game 4 vs. Boston in 2012 East finals
was the other), it sheds some light on why the outrage came so
swiftly. But before we go any further let’s revisit the play
so much in question.
Tough to make that call on a four-time MVP during a four-point
game with less than a minute to go. But that’s what the refs
did. And Twitter lit up with all kinds of responses.
Dwyane Wade, more than anyone else on the Heat, should have felt
like he was trapped in a nightmare. After LeBron fouled out, the
Heat’s chances of winning were in Wade’s once-capable
hands. But he fumbled away the opportunity, getting called for
travelling with 26 seconds left and the Heat trailing 96-92. Wade
needed 15 shots to get 16 points.
Wade’s struggles this postseason has not gone unnoticed,
Another one: Andrew Goudelock has scored 20+ as many times this
postseason as Dwyane Wade. Once.
Just to clarify that’s sparingly used Lakers reserve
Andrew Goudelock, who played in only three playoff games.
Wade’s played in 12.
But let’s not forget the third member of the Heat’s
supposed Big 3. Chris Bosh finished with seven points on six shots
and grabbed three rebounds in 30 minutes. That’s not gonna
cut it, especially when the Pacers outrebounded the Heat by 19 in
Bosh took his share of criticism, even some that went below the
Chris Bosh had a difficult time controlling that ball. Don’t
fault him though. He doesn’t have any balls of his own to practice