The Heat and Oklahoma City get two days off before Sunday’s NBA Finals’ Game 3. No off days, however, for the sports conspiracy crowd that looks at the NBA the way the John Birch Society looks at the past 70 years.
For conspiracy buffs, the NBA Finals ranks somewhere between a midnight movie showing of Capricorn One and two weeks vacation at Area 51. The Goodyear blimp might as well be a black helicopter. Every officiating call gets the Zapruder film treatment and stand clear if such analysis reveals a questionable call that would fall in line with the prevailing theory of NBA Commissioner David Stern as master puppeteer.
Oh, and can I get a disappeared witness on this after Thursday? The game-long murmurs that the NBA wanted to make sure of at least a five-game series erupted into howls when Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant didn’t get the benefit of a foul call on LeBron James on Durant’s short baseline jumper that could’ve tied the game in the final seconds. Had they been a receiver and a defensive back downfield in the NFL, James might’ve drawn an illegal contact flag, which might say as much about modern NFL officiating as NBA playoff whistling.
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