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Three key observations from Tuesday:

By Marty Burns, SI.com

1. Midnight struck for the NBA's Cinderella on Tuesday night, as the Warriors fell at Utah 100-87 in Game 5 to lose the series. Golden State simply was not able to overcome its lack of size against the Jazz. Carlos Boozer proved to be too much inside, and Utah dominated the backboards most of the series. The Warriors also might have been a little tired after their emotional upset of the Mavs in the first round. Still, Golden State will go down in history as the first No. 8 seed to topple a No. 1 in a seven-game series -- and they sure made these playoffs a lot more fun to watch.

2. The Jazz are back in the Western Conference finals for the first time since 1998, when Karl Malone and John Stockton were putting on nightly pick-and-roll clinics. This current Jazz outfit gets it done in a different way, but it shares some of the same kind of mental toughness. Utah won the fourth quarters in all the close games, just like they did at Houston in Game 7 of the first round. Boozer won't have that same inside advantage in the next round against San Antonio or Phoenix, but the Jazz were 3-1 against the Suns and 2-2 against the Spurs during the regular season. They look to be a very tough out for either of those teams.

3. The NBA stuck to the letter of the law in handing down those one-game suspensions to Phoenix's Amare Stoudemire and Boris Diaw. It's the exact same thing that happened to the Knicks back in '97. But David Stern & Co. should modify the rule. It is ridiculous to expect pro athletes in a highly charged emotional game to sit there like statues when they see a teammate knocked to the floor or assaulted in some way. The NBA should come down hard on any player who leaves the bench area if it escalates the situation, but allow leeway to those who just take a few steps forward to no effect.
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Posted: 2:32 AM, May 16, 2007   by Anonymous
long live the warriors
Posted: 2:44 AM, May 16, 2007   by Anonymous
Big Mack - I agree but disagree. If you don't want players coming off the bench to escalate matters then you have a zero tolerance. If they take it away it will show that it is OK and since it's a very emotional game as is, things can escalate at a drop of a dime. Players follow many rules of the game and when they don't they get penalized. This is just another rule that they have to abide by.
It's been written & said all over the net & media all day, but if Stern & Jackson were following the letter of the law, then why is Tim Duncan scheduled to play Game 5? I can forward a url with the clip to them if they need to review it.

Ridiculous anal-retentiveness, couter productive enforcement (what about all of the hard fouls in that series and the Jazz-Warriors scrum?) and erodes their credibility, such as it is.
Posted: 4:14 AM, May 16, 2007   by Anonymous
The suspension of Diaw and Stoudamire is a total nonsence. People who made the decision are...... i can't write it here cause the comment won't appear online. Nice decision just give an edge to one team, what's next suspend duncan for laughing or not laughing in the next game to even the situation?
Posted: 4:26 AM, May 16, 2007   by Anonymous
the league shouldn't alter the rule to base it on "escalation". the point is to nip the chance of escalation by not allowing others to get involved. how do we know Amare wouldn't have shoved Horry if he got close enough...i don't think he would(i'm a huge Amare fan), but the possibility was there. the suns had 4 active players and the coach to stick up for nash, the bench needs to just control themselves, like the spurs did. its a simple rule, it doesn't take that much self-control to follow...sit down, shut up, and don't get involved.
Posted: 5:59 AM, May 16, 2007   by Anonymous
Why is there a lot of uproar over the suspensions given to amare and diaw?
I think it was fair. . .
Amare being a player of his stature should have known better than to get off the bench and put himself in a situation were he could have gotten suspended. Face it, the suns are soft physically. Aside from Nash most of the suns cry foul when the game gets physical. Did Jordan complain when the pistons would mug him no! He got even!! This is the lesson the suns need to learn, they have to get tougher or else other teams would just do the same. I think it was magic who said that when you cant catch something you knock it down. Toughen up and shut up suns. Maybe then you'd win something that matters
Once again, Jerry Sloan proves that he is the best coach in the NBA, and probably in NBA history. Given how Kirilenko has played this season, the Jazz should be a lottery team with their talent (who was Boozer before joining the jazz?), but they are in the finals. Just shows how pathetic the Coach of the Year award is.
Posted: 8:37 AM, May 16, 2007   by Anonymous
Ohh Warriors!! and they tried to play rough when hings were not going their way. Like Sir Charles keeps on saying "You Live by Jump Shots, You die by them" no plan B. To add most of the guys on this team looked stranged to me!!! Long Live Jazz. My wish is for a Chigaco vs Jazz finals... how fun that will be!
Posted: 9:03 AM, May 16, 2007   by Anonymous
Re: point 3. Robert Horry series MVP for taking advantage of human nature and a poorly thought out rule?
Posted: 9:07 AM, May 16, 2007   by Anonymous
Well, I am not surprised. To me the Warriors are not a team that will last. The wreckless style will FAIL against a team that has their leaders step up and play PLAYOFF caliber ball. Dallas collapsed. If it hadn't been for them totally not showing up for the series then we wouldn't even be hearing stories about how great the Warriors are.
As for the suspension. I agree they should alter the rule but they can't do it FOR a specific event at that time (in other words in the playoffs). They need to take a look at this rule in the off season and tweak it. As far as the suspensions I thought they were right on the mark PER the rule as it stands today. Too many whiners about them following the rules... yeah yeah.. they should call everything on Spurs while the Suns have done absolutely nothing *sarcasm*. People need to blame the players for their foolishness and realize that this has been a ROUGH series with bad and dirty plays by BOTH teams. It is difficult to read many opinions posted up that aren't completely biased one way or another. Anytime I see a person claim that EITHER team has played clean and the other has not then I know they are watching the game through glasses that don't see very clearly.
Posted: 9:07 AM, May 16, 2007   by Anonymous
And what about Duncan and Bowen? They left the bench because of a hard foul. It's pretty obvious that David Stern is either a really big Spurs fan or the green bills lining his pocket are. They can't really expect sport nation to accept his explanation. Why doesn't he just say "I love Tim Duncan?"
Posted: 9:18 AM, May 16, 2007   by Anonymous
Didn't we see this exact same thing last year, and, this year also? In the series between the Bulls and the Heat last year, with the game already decided, James Posey leveled Kirk Hinrich to the floor at the end of the game. Everyone who has seen the game, replay, etc., know what I'm talking about here. Except this year, it is Robert Horry practically bulldozing over Steve Nash, but this time Nash is lucky that is not seriously hurt because he was pushed into the table on the courtside. Did the Spurs coach Gregg Pop tell his player to do it? This would be a big question. I was wondering if Pat Riley ordered Posey to level someone last year in that game. I understand that a competitive professional atheletes will get emotional in the heat of the moment, but if the league does not crack down on this and come down harder on the Spurs organization, this will continue year after year. This wasn't in the playoffs but you've all seen how the Knicks coach Thomas (admit it, Thomas, you ordered players to level someone) coached against the Nuggets, and how Anthony got suspended. This is exactly the same thing, except it is in the playoffs with bigger implications. Same story, different faces ... Finally, I would like to add, I'm disappointed with the Spurs organization for allowing a mess like this to happen. I used respect the Spurs, but that respect will be gone if there isn't an internal punishment for Horry. If the Spurs don't punish Horry, it would be the same thing as encouraging someone else to what Horry did.
Posted: 9:50 AM, May 16, 2007   by Anonymous
Frankly, I'm about to give up on the NBA, based on the league's transparent favoritism. It's been on display for years; David Stern is so entrenched, he's continually providing examples of the adage "Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely." I'm sure Vegas takes into account that some of these series are fixed at the league level. People just accept it, and it's a shame.
Posted: 9:53 AM, May 16, 2007   by Anonymous
to the person who said the suns players displayed their "foolishness"... are you kidding me? its one thing for stephen jackson to go crazy and jump in the stands when ron artest gets into it with a fan, its an entirely different thing when diaw or amare dont even get within ten feet of the incident. the diaw suspension was especially ridiculous, since he just kinda sauntered over, and then stopped.

i usually agree with david stern when he lays down the law and suspends people, but this time his stubbornness to adhere strictly to the letter of the law rather than the spirit for which the law was made has damaged the integrity of the series, and done a disservice to all fans of the nba (including spurs fans, who if the spurs go on to win the series, cant say "we took their best shot, and won")

If i were a spurs fan, i'd feel cheated because i didnt get the satisfaction of beating my rivals fair in square.
Posted: 9:59 AM, May 16, 2007   by Anonymous
Lets see...Bowen kicks Stoudemire, then knees Nash, Horry gives a forearm to Raja Bell and a Hockey check to Nash, and Duncan leaves the bench believing that an altercation is about to unfold, and in the end San Antonio gets rewarded by having the league bench two of Phoenix's key players for a pivotal game while San Antonio only looses a reserve. How can any NBA fan (except for those residing in San Antonio) think they got this right?

All I can say is what goes around comes around. If I were D'Antoni, I'd employ the same dirty strategy. Put a bench warmer out to take out Parker and Duncan...hell, the worst is you would loose a reserve player for two games while the Spurs would loose two of their key players. Now that obviously would not be fair, but since the NBA doesn't value fairness (Stu Jackson and the NBA said it themselves after announcing the suspensions), then why should the players or coaches or fans for that matter. It would not be fair, but it would definitely be a 'correct' justice!
Posted: 10:04 AM, May 16, 2007   by Anonymous
Stern and Jackson failed miserably to show wisdom and fair play with the suspension of Amere and Boris. Suspensions do not work. Levy a fine of $10 million on the aggressor and the team for flagrant fouls and the owners and coaches will take responsibility for the actions of the members of his team.

Amare and Boris should not be suspended. From where I was sitting, it was more of concern for their leader Steve. That was really a nasty foul.
Posted: 10:21 AM, May 16, 2007   by Anonymous
I think this rule reagrding leaving the bench is crazy also. Whats to hold teams back staring fights with a bench player with an eye towards getting front line players out os the next few games. If they are that concerned then but up a wall like hocky!
Posted: 10:25 AM, May 16, 2007   by Anonymous
I'm not arguing whether Horry should have been punished or not, but his "mild" foul doesn't even compare to what Baron Davis did to Derek Fisher, and Davis only got an after-the-fact flagrant. We need consistency one way or the other.
Posted: 10:34 AM, May 16, 2007   by Anonymous
The Nba doesn't apply that rule to the letter. If a player gets up, takes a step or two and goes back to his seat he doesn't get suspended. Amare went all the way to half court. To be honest i'm not sure about Diaw but they have to draw the line somewhere with that rule and i guess they though he was just over it.
The reason for the rule is when players get off the bench and approach an altercation it escalates the situation - demanding a similar response from the opposing team. This can quickly get out of hand and turn into something the refs can no longer control.
Posted: 10:43 AM, May 16, 2007   by Anonymous
The Warriors have made their first step, and a huge step it was.

Anyone that knows basketball knew that their inexperience in the end along with Fishers anger at his old team, would prevent them from going much further, though the first three games were theirs to lose.

However the Western conference has a new set of Warriors on the horizon, that will eventually chop their way through the forest to the ocean.
Posted: 10:56 AM, May 16, 2007   by Anonymous
LOL, someone needs to go back and look at the fouls called in the last game. To say that the calls went the Suns way would be an understatement. What about Duncan? It was explained THOROUGHLLY. There was no altercation. There was no near fight and pulling players apart. If there had been then Duncan would have been out. To hear people say they think Duncan is getting preference is absurd. I think the same goes for both teams. The bottom line to me is that the refs have NOT maintained control of this series. They should have clamped down on the fouls long before it got to this point.
Posted: 11:12 AM, May 16, 2007   by Anonymous
No one expected Stern to render a Solomon-like decision but I believe we had the right to expect a bit more wisdom from such a highly-paid executive. His narrow adherence to the rules and his rigidity has resulted in an inferior product being served up to the fans. We should not be satisfied- we deserve better.
Posted: 11:43 AM, May 16, 2007   by Anonymous
Ÿ Thanks to the Warriors for making history and livening up the first round.
Ÿ The Jazz just proved that in the West, if you rule the low post, you win. Boozer's the difference-maker in Utah's 1st and 2nd round wins.

Ÿ To David Stern: wrong timing! The exciting Warriors just got eliminated. And now, Stern's handicapping the Suns. His decision is his way of putting basketball fans to sleep.

Ÿ The Kings need defense--and Jeff Van Gundy fits their need. The Rockets need to jumpstart their offense and maximize T-Mac and Yao's offensive skills--and ex-Kings coach Rick Adelman might be the answer. I'm no big fan of Rick but he might be what the doctor ordered for the Rockets.

King4kong, Sactown
Posted: 12:04 PM, May 16, 2007   by Anonymous

- Kobe Bryant flails his arms trying to draw a foul and unintentionally hits an opposing player in the face. Result: One game penalty.

- Same as above involving a different opponent. Result: one-game suspension.

- Bruce Bowen deliberately knees an opponent in the groin. Result: no suspension.

- Baron Davis blindsides an opponent (who is coming upcourt completely away from the play) with a shoulder to the neck and head (a classic example of a cheap shot). This came after an earlier elbow into the groin of a different opponent in which a foul was called. Result: no suspension.

- Jason Richardson drags an opponent down by his arms (the players were both in the air) causing him to land on his back and snap his head onto the court. Result: no suspension.

- Robert Horry hipchecks an opponent into the scorer's table. The play is neither as violent as Richardson's nor as cheap as Davis' (since the player at least had the ball and could see contact coming). Result: two-game suspension.

- Amare Stoudamire and Boris Diaw jump of the bench to go to the aid of a teammate who was cheap-shotted but never make it more than a few feet from the bench (thanks to good assistant coaches). Result: one-game suspension for each.

- Stu Jackson opens season on opposing players by allowing the cheapshots and take-downs without penalty. Result: the league abdicates its responsibility to protect its players.

- Stu Jackson imposes a multiple-game suspension on a relatively minor hit (Horry). Result: Stu show that he is inconsistent, capricious, and arbitrary.

- Stu Jackson should not be surprised that players would protect a teammate since the league will not, but he still imposes the death penalty on a playoff team when their players leave the bench. Result: the victims get punished even further.

Stu Jackson may be a good man, he may be smart, he may be doing his best. But his best is obviously not good enough. He has shown the league to be a joke in dealing with player incidents. He has shown himself to be inconsistent at least and perhaps even blatantly biased (as in the Kobe situations). What a joke.

I can't blame Stu completely because I see David Stern's fingerprints all over this. He has made clear numerous times that he thinks fans are idiots and he can treat us with complete disdain.
Posted: 12:11 PM, May 16, 2007   by Anonymous
How about fouls for flopping? After watching the replay of Horry's "hip-check" over and over again on sportscenter, it seems like Nash embellished the contact to say the least. It looked to me like Horry was trying to force Nash outside, and then Nash ran into him, and dived into the scorer's table, grimacing in pain. It reminded me of a soccer game - Nash deserves a yellow card!
Posted: 12:17 PM, May 16, 2007   by Anonymous
Once again Derek Fisher shows the rest of the NBA why he should be the MVP of the playoffs. He shows nothing but class every time he's on or off the court. Derek's performance in game 5 was simply outstanding and there is no doubt that he will continue to be a force in the western finals.
Am I the only one that wants Eric Piatkowski to throw a shoulder into Tony Parker knocking him into the spurs bench to see what the spurs do? Not only are the penalties unfair to the suns, the shoulder check could have seriously injured Nash, the reigning mvp. Horry should have been suspended for the rest of the series.
Posted: 12:22 PM, May 16, 2007   by Anonymous
The Warriors will build on this and be back. Their beating the Mavericks was no more a fluke than their winning 17 of their last 21, or 9 of their last 10 in the season. They had chances to take both the first games in Utah, and were in this last game until the last few minutes.
In the end I think they were too fatigued to generate the sort of energy they played with at the end of the season and in round 1 (7 or 8 man rotation got worn out by their fast style and by Utah's big guys) combined with an off night shooting. (6 for 30 on 3s? much worse than usual) You live by the 3 sometimes you'll die by the 3, but this team was no fluke and they'll be back.
Posted: 12:24 PM, May 16, 2007   by Anonymous
I find that the degree of flagrant diry fouls has been a constant theme of some playoff teams. The NBA should do more to stop situations such as Baron Davis elbow to the head of Derrick Fisher, and used better judgement in the case of the Suns.
In fact, the behavior of the Golden State team was a negative mark on the entire NBA.
Posted: 12:27 PM, May 16, 2007   by Anonymous
Honestly, what choice did Amare and Diaw have? The league demonstrated through the Bowen incidents that it had no intentions of controlling the Spurs in this series. I would have been embarassed for the Suns if they hadn't jumped to Nash's side. That's how teammates should behave. When the 2007 playoffs are over, the lasting memory will be the awful officiating. The NBA needs to do something now.
Good job warriors way to play with heart, but even more so way to go JAZZ!!! The experts picked them to lose against Houston, and they picked them to lose against Golden State, I wonder who there going to pick in the western conf finals? Probably not Utah but its all good, we'll just stay humble and continue to exceed expectations!!!
Posted: 1:01 PM, May 16, 2007   by Anonymous
let me preface this by writing, i haven't seen the play in question. that said, from what i understand, for all of the comments alleging bias in favour of the spurs by stern...i think you're missing the point.
there's NO WAY he's trying to unduly assist that team. & the rationale that the spurs organization is somehow lining the pockets of the commish? preposterous. absolutely silly.
i actually think there may be something of the opposite going on.
because phoenix plays such an exciting and engaging game, because the suns have so much more appeal to the casual fan than the spurs (led by stoic--except when he's ascerbically flashing that sardonic grin at refs), david stern might have (over re-)acted the way he did because he's scared of looking like he's favouring the SUNS!
a philosopher of jurisprudence once wrote that the virtue of a law is not that it is settled, but that it is just. by that measure, this ruling leaves much to be desired. in a way, it's good. there's a rule. it's codified. it's quite clear (though, perhaps, draconian), and it's been around awhile.
in that sense, it's prefectly settled.
the situation recalls W. Bush's election versus gore, & the USSC's decision: yes, the verdict settles the matter LEGALLY once and for all. but, things didn't have to be the way they were.
i actually think that the decision in GORE was a good one. because it did just the things this fails to do. there will be more and more people who recognize the silliness & pettiness of the NBA's rules & the bizarre handling of them. this ruling clearly doesn't affect the future of western civilization (no matter what bill walton might say to the contrary); the game is for entertainment. but it's bot WWE-style entertainment. fairness is WAY more important than justice in sports. just ask carol gilligan. throwing people out of athletic contests for doing what would be considered acting admirably in any other circumstances (coming to the aid of a teammate in distress, helping the victim of an unjust violation of his person, assisting a smaller man in an altercation, WITHOUT doing violence to anyone...) that is not fair. that one team loses 2 players critical to its success because of actions perpetrated in a game by one of its opponents AFTER THE GAME HAD BEEN DECIDED is not right.
common sense is gone.
with it, the suns, by this logic, should throw common sense and decency out the window. some thug off the bench (lord knows they've got guys there who haven't played in eternities) to take duncan out...or bowen. or the little point guard who is about 1/3 as important to the success of his team as the guy horry took his shot against.
nice work NBA.
dj from slc
Posted: 1:28 PM, May 16, 2007   by Anonymous
COY award is a joke. Jerry Sloan has never won it but he will
take his second groups (diff
players) to the NBA Finals this
June. LOL.
Posted: 2:44 PM, May 16, 2007   by Anonymous
He had the best record in the NBA and the MVP in '98. No COY. The year after losing the foundation of the Jazz, in Malone and Stockton, most experts predicted they would be lucky to win 18 and they won over 40. No COY. especially considering they hadn't had a high first round draft pick in, how long? And now after this season, and coaching the best basketball of his career, and teaching these young players the fundamentals needed to win their division, and yet again, getting snubbed. YEAH, THE COY AWARD IS A JOKE!!!!!!!!! Jerry deserved it far more than any other coach.
Posted: 2:50 PM, May 16, 2007   by Anonymous
Man, would you people please learn to spell correctly and punctuate properly!
Posted: 2:57 PM, May 16, 2007   by Anonymous
The warriors are the clippers of last year. They got lucky to get as far as they did this year and next year they will be lucky to get into the playoffs.
You have to suspend the suns players,yeah it sucks, yeah it hurts, but Stern could not go any other way on this. Credit big shot bob for the shot heard around the world.
Suspending Diaw and Amare just creates an incentive to NBA teams to send in their bench players at the end of games to mix it up.
Posted: 3:22 PM, May 16, 2007   by Anonymous
I may need to check some facts (I think the Jazz under Sloan has only had one losing season in his long, long tenure. May not have won a championship, but how can you argue with that kind of consistency. Even in the 3 year playoff dry spell, 2 years were with winning records which would have safely placed them in the Playoffs in the East). In K.Malone lingo, Jerry deserve his due.
Posted: 3:34 PM, May 16, 2007   by Anonymous
It has been a long time since I've watched the NBA with such excitement but watching what has happened recently is just crazy. It is because of following all these David Stern issues, like changing the ball without players consent, telling officials to call more technicals, the whole Horry situation. I am left deeply disappointed and most likely will not watch another NBA game this season. Anyone who has played on a team knows you protect your teammate. Obviously D. Stern has never played sports and should go back to making sandwiches. But hey what do I know...I'm just a fan. Correction, use to be a fan.
Playoff suspensions change at least one NBA series a year for no other reason than looking tough in the eyes of people who don't seem to like the nba or it's players in the first place.

Less happens in the NHL for the same actions and those players have a history of paralyzing, maiming or permanently changing people's lives IN the game.


Im not saying to put a 15 second limit on in game gang fighting, but let these kids push and shove a little and I swear america will still be the same pampered white bread nation it was before and the playoff games will count!
Utah is a fascinating team. In October, fans were just hoping they would make the playoffs. After their start, Fans were dreaming of a 50 win season. Those Stockton and Malone teams never seemed to catch a break, but this Jazz team has caught two: easier second round opponent thanks to Golden State, and the rest that come with it, and PHX and SA tearing each other to shreds in round 2.
Utah is deeper than most of their past playoff teams, comparable with their '96-'97 teams. They play PHX and Detroit very well. They struggle with SA on the road, and CLE a bit too.
IF they continue to play the way they have the past two weeks, they will go as far as Deron Williams can take them. They must be considered legitimate threats to win Utah's first NBA title, although it won't be easy. Remembering how difficult it is to navigate through four brutal rounds every year seeking a title, I am no longer satisfied, as a Jazz fan, with anything less than 8 more wins, because the opportunity is golden, and the talent is in place.
Posted: 4:02 PM, May 16, 2007   by Anonymous
Every playoff game that I have watched this postseason has been diminished by the lack of consistent and good officiating. The NBA is marketing a very subpar game right now. The biggest problem is that of charging/blocking. The refs cannot seem to get this straight at all. How about a courtside official with 10 seconds of televised playback to assess the foul on the proper player?

As a longtime fan with waning interest, I'd like to see the league put some thought into fixing this massive problem.
Posted: 4:44 PM, May 16, 2007   by Anonymous
Bring on the Spurs and there dirty defense. The Jazz are built for that style.
C'mon now - the dubs hardly achieved Bad Boys West status y'know? No love for the cheap shot from Baron but not particularly unusual this time of year. Jax complains too much, that's about it. Really we're just a bunch of vigorous clappers. UT didn't lead the league in fouls because they're all hugs & kisses y'know?

They definitely provide a better example of how to keep cool in the clutch though, no doubt. Props & respect due to the Jazz then, for sure! Nothing like a high % inside game to take over 4th qtrs in the playoffs. But let's face facts - the Warriors remain a solid (long and fast) power forward away from playing consistently with the best in the league; straight up, no chaser. Six less points and four less rebounds a game from Boozer? Totally different series. Five 4th qtr leads with only one win means we just need to find a way to close more games out. We still believe (and maybe we'll add Artest in the offseason to REALLY scare y'awl)!!

Posted: 4:53 PM, May 16, 2007   by Anonymous
"COY award is a joke. Jerry Sloan has never won it but he will
take his second groups (diff
players) to the NBA Finals this
June. LOL."

Jerry Sloan probably deserved a COY at some point, but that's a terrible argument. Not only has it not happened yet for Sloan, but it's not that uncommon. It's been done 3 times in the last 3 years - Pat Riley, Larry Brown, and Phil Jackson.
Posted: 5:05 PM, May 16, 2007   by Anonymous
The suspension of the two Phoenix players is a shocking judgement. If the NBA insists on following the letter of the law, why wasn't Baron Davis suspended after Game 4? That was arguably a worse flagrant than what happened to Steve Nash, yet the Phoenix decision was based on the "letter" of the law.

Just curious: had Golden State won their game 5 last night, would any of their players be slapped with a suspension? Or would that jeopardize their chances too much, aka the Baron Davis Game 4 decision?

Consistency is missing here, and sadly are the two Phoenix players from tonight's game.
Thank you Warriors. Your energy and hustle are inspirational. When you are playing your best, you make basketball a whole lot more fun to watch. Keep working to get better and we will continue to keep watching and cheering.
Posted: 6:28 PM, May 16, 2007   by Anonymous
This year it was obvious that COY was selected based on the last 6 weeks of the season. The Jazz were hot early but lost some steam at the end of the season. It's a disgrace Sloan has been overlooked as COY.
Posted: 7:34 PM, May 16, 2007   by Anonymous
Why did Duncan begin to rush the court if there wasn't any trouble? Apparently you need the situation to escalate to get suspended. Oh no wait....Diaw and Stoudemire didn't escalate the situation. The only explanation is Stern would rather point to a clause on a piece of paper than use logic or reason to settle a dispute like a real decision-maker would.
Posted: 7:34 PM, May 16, 2007   by Anonymous
Of course Jerry Sloan should win the COY award. Who else can teach their players to hack the opponents and get away with it so often? Even Malone is going to the Hall of Fame for it!
Posted: 9:48 PM, May 16, 2007   by Anonymous
what a joke on suspending amare and diaw...that might have decided the series....what a waste...
Posted: 9:50 PM, May 16, 2007   by Anonymous
So long Warriors. All that you did was to make the WESTERN CONFERNCE FINALS look like PISTONS Vs MAGIC. See ya all in the playoff after another decade.
Posted: 10:20 PM, May 16, 2007   by Anonymous
the funnest team in the playoffs. warriors rule. yay area stand up
Posted: 12:42 AM, May 17, 2007   by Anonymous
so you are saying that Pat Reily, Larry Brown and Phil Jackson have all taken taken different groups of players deep in the playoffs. What do they all have that Jerry Sloan doesn't?? A Coach of the Year award.

So by saying it is not that uncommon, you just proved the point.
Posted: 5:37 AM, May 17, 2007   by Anonymous
"the law may be harsh, but it is the law".. the suspensions given to amare and diaw, as it is, is absolutely correct. now, is it reasonable? that would be another point. they had to have the rule to prevent an escalation of any on-court incident. if there is a better rule, they would have come up with it already.
Posted: 9:47 AM, May 17, 2007   by Anonymous
It is human nature for Amare Stoudemire and Boris Diaw to check on their floor general who happens to be a little guy (and league MVP) Steve Nash. Suspending them was a ridiculos decision and probably cost the Suns the series.

My opinion of the NBA is currently pretty low. Jackson needs to be fired he's been at his job too long he's lost sight of all common sense.
It's easy to make a decision based on an "ironclad" rule. The rule states that in the event of an on-court incident, "all players not participating in the game must remain in the immediate vicinity of their bench.
Unfortunately, "Immediate vicinity" is not an "ironclad" statement.
It takes no effort or intelligence, to merely ignore everything and enforce a rule, word for word. but a good administrator would look at the situation;
how does it effect the game or the series?
does the team instigating the foul get the best of it?
can it effect the fan base?
or should the rule be flexible because of the situation?
A good administration would look at these, and other variables, and act accordingly. but the NBA administrators took the easy route and declared the rule, "ironclad."
Because of their inability, and ineptness to interpret this rule, which needs interpretation, the nba administrators hurt the series, hurt the game, hurt the fans, hurt the players, and deemed themselves "totally useless." With decisions like that, we don't need david stern or stu jackson. a computer will do just fine.
Posted: 12:13 AM, May 18, 2007   by Anonymous
Stern and Jackson played their part just like they were supposed to. Horry fouled Nash hard with the intent of getting suns players suspended. He knew who was on the bench when he did it. Why didn't more Spurs jump? Because they knew it was coming. Cheaters never prosper? What a joke.
Posted: 1:29 AM, May 19, 2007   by Anonymous
The day I hear that David Stern and Stu Jackson are no longer associated with basketball will be the happiest day of my life. Their decision to suspend Stoudamire and Diaw changed the outcome of the series in favor of the Spurs and has to be regarded as one of the worst decisions in professional sports. It has totally ruined the NBA playoffs. The damage Mr Stern and his lieutenants have done can never be undone. I hope more and more people start boycotting the NBA until David Stern is gone.
Posted: 1:14 AM, May 20, 2007   by Anonymous
I'm wondering if there are any other comparable incidents recently like the Stoudemire thing. How similar or different were they, and what was the result?
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