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Game 7. LeBron gets his usual Phantom call with 6 second left. Hits 2 FTs. Cavs win.

Nba comes back and says that was the wrong call. Nothing happens except they just pissed off millions of people.

Here's the upside. It's one thing when an official knows he is being monitored internally. It's something else when he knows what is being monitored will be available to the public. If a ref starts giving LeBron special treatment, and the perception is reinforced by the league offices, things are going to be very unpleasant for the officials when he goes to the city that was the victim of the favoritism.

It just adds a little more pressure . . . AND, if the league endorses the favoritism . . . then we're completely hozed.

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All that happens already now. The fans already know when a bad call is made. That anger isn't going to change.

What's changing is that the NBA is basicslly admitting that a team is being given an unfair advantage.

How is the NBA going to come out and say "yeah that was bull, but that game still counts".

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If you know your girl is cheating on you, is it going to matter if the guys she's banging comes to you with photo evidence? It just makes things worse, because you can't take anything back.

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Hey @DirtybirdGA

The East is still Atlanta's to lose honestly speaking I'm looking at Cavs and unlike Miami last year I don't think they are that type of team yes the have Lebron, but they don't have a D-wade or Bosh. They still do have the parts I'm not saying Kyrie/Love aren't good, but they aren't like those two.

I know people still crowning them the early favorites for the Finals and rightfully so I just think if Atlanta get's there they will have way more to say than just being swept or just losing in Game 5 or 6.

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Hey @DirtybirdGA

The East is still Atlanta's to lose honestly speaking I'm looking at Cavs and unlike Miami last year I don't think they are that type of team yes the have Lebron, but they don't have a D-wade or Bosh. They still do have the parts I'm not saying Kyrie/Love aren't good, but they aren't like those two.

I know people still crowning them the early favorites for the Finals and rightfully so I just think if Atlanta get's there they will have way more to say than just being swept or just losing in Game 5 or 6.

This Cleveland team has scary potential offensively, we're right to be worried about them. But despite what ESPN may try to sell you they are not a team without weakness. First they can be had defensively, second outside of Lebron they are no more experienced in the postseason than anyone else. They also have a rookie coach whose never even been so much as an assistant or even a player in the NBA playoffs. Blatt's postseason experience consists mostly of international basketball tournaments and Israeli league, and he's about to get the kind of pressure no previous rookie coach has ever gotten. But their biggest weakness I think is going to be the stamina of Lebron. If he finds himself having to put the team on his back and score 40 points a night again they aren't going to get very far before he's completely and utterly exhausted. For this reason it's obviously going to behoove us to see him in as late a round as possible which should happen as they should be able to secure the number 2 or 3 seed pretty easily given the way the rest of the East is trending..

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One team we may not be thinking about anymore but should still keep our eye on is the Bulls. The news yesterday that Rose is expected to be out 4-6 weeks would put him roughly back in time for a postseason run. Now I have some doubts about his ability to get reacclimated that quickly, or even what kind of affect he'd really have if he can't plant that foot. He even may not decide to come back at all as Rose has always been kind of extremely conservative with his injury recovery, not wanting to risk his future health on a rushed comeback.

But I say we should keep an eye on them because I think this is a team that is about to drop a bunch of games while they regroup without their star player, putting themselves in the position that we could see them in the second round, meanwhile they are just talented enough I could easily see them all of a sudden getting hot just in time for a May-June run and that's not even factoring in them getting Rose back.

That whole situation makes me just a little bit nervous but maybe I've seen my Falcons too many times work hard in the regular season to get in only to be outdone by a team that barley made the playoffs, get healthy and hot and use us as a stepping stone to a cinderella run.

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Teague's been to the playoffs

Korver's been in the ECF

Millsap's been to the playoffs

Horford made it to the second round

Thabo went to the finals

Brands' been in the playoffs

I don't get these people who say we don't have playoff experience. Unless they mean together? Even if that was the case then you can't say CLE has more playoff experience than us.

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It doesn't matter if you've been to the playoffs. 1 series doesn't really mean all that much.

Thabo is really the only person on this roster that's experienced the beast that is the NBA playoffs.

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Saturday, February 28, 2015
Anthony Mason dies at age of 48

ESPN.com news services

Anthony Mason, a longtime NBA player who helped the New York Knicks reach the 1994 NBA Finals, has died at the age of 48.

A Knicks spokesperson confirmed to ESPN that Mason died early Saturday morning. The 13-year NBA veteran had been diagnosed with congestive heart failure earlier this month.

"First I want to thank all those who offered prayers and well-wishes for my Father, our family really appreciates it," his son, Anthony Mason Jr., said Saturday. "Overnight, New York City and the world lost a legend, a friend, a brother ... but more than anything our father, Anthony Mason. As you all would expect our father -- Big Mase -- put up an incredible fight, dealing with a severe heart issue. I'm wishing this was something else I was writing, but Pops we've got to let you know we love you and know you'll always be with us."

ny_g_mason_d1_300x200.jpgAnthony Mason played parts of 13 seasons in the NBA and was a key member of the 1993-94 Knicks team that reached the NBA Finals.

Mason's other son Antoine, a senior basketball player at Auburn, had said earlier this week that his father was "getting better" following multiple heart surgeries.

Mason's family released a statement Saturday morning, saying that he "fought like a warrior to the very end."

"We would like to thank everyone for their heartfelt thoughts and strong prayers," the statement said. "Anthony felt each and every one. He fought like a warrior to the very end. Please keep your prayers and thoughts with us through this very hard time -- it is a great loss for us. We ask for our privacy during this time."

Mason played for six teams but was best remembered for his five-year tenure with the Knicks. Mason's bruising, physical play epitomized then-coach Pat Riley's Knicks teams. The 6-foot-7 forward became a fan favorite for his physical play and also drew attention for the creative artwork and messages that he had carved in his hair cuts.

Mason teamed with Patrick Ewing, Charles Oakley and John Starks to help the Knicks win the Eastern Conference in 1994 and reach the NBA Finals, where they lost to the Houston Rockets in seven games.

"My heart is heavy after learning that we lost Anthony Mason last night," Ewing said in a statement. "We were teammates on the Knicks for five great seasons. Mase came to play every night and was always ready to go to battle with me every time we stepped on the court together.

"I will remember him for his strength, determination and perseverance. My thoughts are with his family. May he rest in peace."

Oakley took to Twitter to send his condolences.

Knicks president Phil Jackson, who coached against Mason during his time with the Chicago Bulls, also released a statement Saturday.

"As a competitor, there was none fiercer than Anthony Mason," Jackson said. "Standing on the opposite end of the playing field, coaching in those great Chicago/New York battles, No. 14 in Orange and Blue always stood out. On behalf of the entire Knickerbocker community, our condolences go out to his family."

Mason won the NBA's Sixth Man Award in 1994-95 as a member of the Knicks. He also played with the Charlotte Hornets, Milwaukee Bucks and Miami Heat following his stint with the Knicks.

"Anthony was a multifaceted individual," his longtime agent Don Cronson told ESPN.com's Ian O'Connor. "There were many aspects to his personality, and some that people weren't aware of. In the best sense of the term he was a momma's boy. From the day I met him he was always thinking of his mom and taking care of her. As rough and tough as he was, Anthony was also a doting father, and I saw that many times.

"Anthony willed himself into the NBA, and very few players can do that. Any NBA team could've had him for a nickel, and he turned out to be the perfect Pat Riley player. I think Pat saw a lot of himself in Anthony, and really they were the same guy. That's why they butted heads as often as they did. They were both blue-collar guys and fighters. Anthony told me, 'Pat Riley was the one who gave me my chance. He's the one who saw something in me when nobody else did.'"

Mason was reunited with Riley later in his career while playing for Miami, where he was named to his one and only All-Star team in 2001.

Mason's career is a story of perseverance.

After playing high school basketball at Springfield Gardens in Queens and college basketball at Tennessee State University, Mason was selected in the third round of the 1988 NBA draft by the Portland Trail Blazers, who waived him shortly thereafter.

Mason then played in Turkey and Venezuela before joining the then-New Jersey Nets and Denver Nuggets for short stints. He also played in the USBL and CBA.

Mason found a permanent home with the Knicks in 1991 after receiving an invite to play on the organization's summer league team.

Riley appreciated Mason's intense, physical approach and kept him on the roster, beginning a run that would end with Mason leaving an indelible mark on the Knicks organization and its fan base.

"Anthony Mason exemplified perseverance for all players fighting for their chance in the NBA," NBA commissioner Adam Silver said. "NBA fans and players around the league admired his tenacity on defense and playmaking on offense."

ESPNNewYork.com's Ian Begley and Ian O'Connor contributed to this report.

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Wow Lebron choking hardcore today at the freethrow line. Down 1, he gets the foul call with 4 secs left in overtime and missed both FTs.

I like that both our two next opponents played in hard physical games that went to OT.

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I mean it actually kind of perplexes me. He was really clutch coming down the stretch including burying 3s that were nothing but net, but then he goes 3-11 from the free throw line. huh.png

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Interesting game going on in Boston. Celtics had a 26 point lead on Golden State, have all but melted it (kind of predictably) in the closing minutes.

If Celtics were to somehow hang on it would not only give us the best record in the NBA, but help our lottery chances as well.

Edit: Yep they lost lol

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0 incorrect calls? And Putin didn't shoot that guy right?

No he didn't. Seriously though I hate when people say 0 incorrect calls. I could count at least 5 that may have been.

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It doesn't matter if you've been to the playoffs. 1 series doesn't really mean all that much.

Thabo is really the only person on this roster that's experienced the beast that is the NBA playoffs.

Gotta start somewhere.

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