This is an April fools spoof. I am not creative enough or interested in trying to write an entire mock article to fool a reader. No, I want to take a moment to bitch about the refs. The refs still SUCK!
In a playoff atmosphere, with two teams that “will” make the playoffs, battling in a possession by possession game how can one team shoot FIVE times more free throws. FIVE!!! Let me repeat that, FIVE!!!
I do not care if the Cavs are perceived as more aggressive, the Bucks had the basketball on the offensive end, correct? It is like a car accident where both drivers get some blame even if one is a moron who ran a red light. If you were the innocent party you still get some blame just for being there. Well shouldn’t the Cavs defenders get some blame for just being there?
There is no way one team can get to the line FIVE times that of its opponent without it looking ridiculous. The Cavs go for blocks, they go for steals, they aggressively attack the boards, these plays create contact, and in a highly competitive game where one team shoots 45 free throws it is insane the other only shot 9.
I have come to accept the Bucks will get outshot at the line, they do not possess a lot of players that will attack the basket, I get that. But some of the blocking fouls were borderline and there had to be more called at the other end. Seriously, FIVE times the number of free throws.
The Bucks played well, fought back from a couple ten point deficits, had a couple chances at the end that were squandered. The free throws were not the reason they lost, SCREW IT, YES THEY WERE.
You could look at a missed three by Ersan or a bunny by Bogut or a turnover by Ridnour as the reason the Bucks lost, but the truth is the Cavs got bailed out on several desperate attempts in the paint by foul calls. Those calls matter. These teams are not separated by as great a margin as is perceived. The Cavs are better, but the Bucks can hang in with them despite the disparity at the line which bodes well for the playoffs since we know the Bucks will not be getting the benefit of the doubt with the calls in the playoffs.