NBA Playoffs: Who in the hell are you, Dexter Pittman?

Dexter Pittman
Pittman delivered a hard forearm-shiver to Indiana’s Lance Stephenson at the end of Game 5.

I am not a very happy man right now. I’m just not. I am not sour because the Indiana Pacers were blown off the floor by the Miami Heat tonight. Did you see Indiana’s offense? I watched about five minutes of the game and couldn’t take it. Miami is the better team, and it’s obvious. But I’m still upset and here’s why. This series has had a lot of fireworks. Lance Stephenson giving the “choke” sign to LeBron James, Danny Granger running up on fools like he is about to rob them, and James throwing elbows at Granger for committing fouls on him. So what happened tonight? Oh, LeBron’s henchmen went to work on some of Indiana’s players. After Dwyane Wade drew blood, courtesy of Tyler Hansbrough, early in the second quarter, the henchmen went to work. Udonis Haslem delivered a two-handed face punch/rake to Hansbrough that knocked the former all-American out of mid-air. The refs only gave Haslem a flagarant-1 for the foul when, in all reality if it was any other player he would have been ejected. I thought Haslem should have been tossed and suspended for the rest of the series. Take a look at the replay right here. There is a difference between a “playoff foul” and intent to hurt somebody.

The other incident occurred when the game had already been decided. There was 20 seconds left in the game and the Heat was up 37 points when a shot went up and Stephenson went to crash the offensive glass. Dexter Pittman met Stephenson with an elbow to the throat, sending Stephenson falling backwards (click here to watch). Now, I have a serious problem with Pittman here. Who the hell is Dexter Pittman? Isn’t this the guy who came into Texas as a freshman and weighed nearly 350 pounds? Or was he closer to 400 pounds? A few days ago, Heat forward Juwan Howard confronted Stephenson during a morning shoot-around and it was clear that a message had been sent. This elbow was uncalled for and I hope the league reviews it and suspends Pittman for the rest of playoffs and even some games next year. If Andrew Bynum is going to get suspended for elbowing J.J. Barea in last year’s playoffs when the Los Angeles Lakers were getting blown-out by the Dallas Mavericks, then Pittman should be suspended. You are not a tough guy for doing this to some bench scrub. If anything, you are LeBron’s mistress because you do his dirty work.

This brings me to another thing.

Since when do stars have scrubs do their dirty work? Only when a mob boss wants to kill somebody, then he has one of his boys do it. But it does make sense. James would never want to confront anyone because that would make him look bad and wants to keep his hands clean. This is why he will never win a championship.

I hope the league doesn’t think lightly of the events that happened tonight in South Beach. Players should be suspended and the officiating has been terrible, not only in this series, but throughout the entire playoffs.

I remember when Michael Jordan had beef with someone he would handle it himself.

Wait, last time I checked LeBron wasn’t Jordan.


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