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WHERE FOULS ARE FAIR
Leigh Montville
November 09, 1987
Sure, rules are rules. But in the NBA, officials allow an extra step, a palm here and there, a push and a shove or a bonus tick of the clock just to let the players play
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November 09, 1987

Where Fouls Are Fair

Sure, rules are rules. But in the NBA, officials allow an extra step, a palm here and there, a push and a shove or a bonus tick of the clock just to let the players play

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"Three seconds," you say.

"Not until I finish my shopping, pay the bill and pick up the car," I say.

The game rolls into the final moments. I hit a jumper from the coiled garden hose as A.C. Green. You make a steal near the kettle-drum barbecue grill and complete the layup as Jerry Sichting, off the bench. I muscle home a layup as Kurt Rambis. You begin to argue as Danny Ainge. I am the Lakers. You are the Celtics. Boston Garden is exploding.

A win here means not only the title but also all that goes with it. A ch√Ęteau in France. An expensive car with a romantic name. An agent. A French poodle. Money for nothing. Chicks for free. Or maybe it simply means a chance to gloat for an afternoon until the next game. Whatever. A workout.

"Goaltending," you say.

"Not really," I reply.

"Charging," you say.

"Blocking," I reply.

"Continuation," you say.

"Fouled before the shot," I say.

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