Tag:Mike James
Posted on: December 29, 2008 7:38 pm

The Wizards: Robbery Edition

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Well happy holidays to you and yours, except of course if you are a Wizards fan or any member of the organization.  I’m not going to talk about the losses or the win against the Thunder.  I want to solely concentrate on the disaster known as Christmas day against LeBron James and the Cavaliers.  I would like to state now, I fully believe the refs handed this game to the Cavaliers.  How could you not?  Let’s review...

The Wiz were up 89-82 with less than 2 minutes to play in this game, when all of a sudden nothing could go right for them.  They did not score on their final 5 possessions, but even so should have won the game had the refs not have gotten whistle happy against them.  Let’s start with Antwan Jamison and his misfortunes.  He was hit with his fifth foul on what could have been a block, but that was not the worst of it... With 26.6 seconds to go Jamison picked up his sixth to make his way to the bench.  The foul was foul in my opinion; as he battled for a rebound with one of the most infamous flopper Anderson Varajao.  Come on refs! Let these guys play ball, especially when going for a crucial rebound!  What a horrible call to decide the game, as it would lead to the Cavaliers going in front 90-89 after the floppers two free throws.  It's not like the refs only made that ridiculous call, they actually called Caron Butler on a charge as he cut to the basket for a bunny.  Ben Wallace, who we all know is not the fastest he has ever been was called to have had his feet set and took the penalty.  Caron was also whistled on "can't touch me" James; while in the act of shooting a three.  I saw the play and no matter how many times I look at it, I don’t see the contact called that enabled James to get three free throws to trim Washington’s lead to four.

With all that said and done, the newly acquired Mike James had his chance to make amends for scratchy play and put this game into overtime and maybe in the win column.  With about three seconds left he blatantly threw up a three pointer and clanked straight to Delonte West, who would then make 1 of 2 free throws to put the game out reach. 

The Wizards played hard to win this game and it seems as if it were taken away from them by the men with whistles.  After the game Mike James stated "We had a chance to win,'  'we were up six with two minutes to go and calls just didn't go our way, man. There was a tough call on Antawn, the charge and then another one on him on that rebound and then that tough call on Caron. But that's the way it goes sometimes. Sometimes, when you're down, you almost have to play a perfect game.'  Interim Coach Ed Tapscott was asked about the game in general and replied 'There were some poor executions on our part and a couple of other poor executions out there, too,' 'Those were big plays that did not go our way.'... The interviewers tried to weasel a controversy concerning the refs, but all Tapscott could say was he doesn't make enough money to pay the fines.


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