Somebody’s feeling a little comfortable heading back home…
That’s Dan Gilbert, the owner of Cleveland Cavaliers poking a little fun at the defense of Andre Iguodala and Draymond Green on LeBron James. He did so with a decent use of humor.
Of course, if we said Matthew Dellavedova wanted a Stephen Curry jersey every time he grabbed ahold of it trying to slow Curry off picks this series Delly would have at least a dozen through two games. It’s the Finals and the Cavaliers have effectively turned this into a grit and grind series, so there’s going to be clutching and grabbing.
The officials are letting the guys play. As they should within reason. Yes, the NBA will admit that the referees have made some mistakes late in games, but it hasn’t swung games. I always go back to what one of my coaches said (and has been echoed by every coach working above a seventh-grade level in just about every sport):
If you don’t want the referees to make crucial calls late in the game, play better earlier in the game and take it out of their hands.
If the Cavaliers don’t blow a late double-digit lead, there wouldn’t have been an overtime where the officials had to make tough calls. The same principle applies to the Warriors — try hitting your shots first. The officials have not decided these games.