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Pacers hit with back-to-back technicals. Because Scott Foster, that’s why.

May 24, 2013, 9:45 PM EDT

There is no way that should have been a technical. It’s the playoffs, we want emotion, we want a little feisty play… and frankly that wasn’t that feisty. There are Tuesday night games in Minnesota in January that were more emotional than that play.

But Scott Foster has the fastest trigger in the NBA for technicals, so somehow Sam Young got one after a little tangle with LeBron James (and no tech for LeBron, fueling all the tin foil hat conspiracy theorists who don’t really need fuel to begin with). Then Brian Shaw got a technical for jawing from the bench at Foster.

Best part of the video — after the missed free throw on the Shaw technical, watch Shaw yell “ball don’t lie” from the bench. ‘Sheed would be proud.

Thanks to Eye on Basketball for the video.

  1. kyd29 - May 24, 2013 at 9:56 PM

    Can we get an update on this app? One that excludes Kurt Helin articles? We get it man…u hate the Heat…get over it youre supposed to be a writer. U arent supposed to have a side or a rooting interest

    • Kurt Helin - May 25, 2013 at 2:17 AM

      So now I hate the Heat? All of you commenters need to keep me straight on which teams I love and hate, I keep forgetting apparently.

      • stoudemelo - May 25, 2013 at 5:16 AM

        Kurt’s love for the Heat was sickening. I will say this is the first time I have seen him write a post without mentioning how Lebron is better than everyone on the planet or taking a shot at the Knicks.

      • gmsingh - May 25, 2013 at 9:26 AM

        Come on, Kurt! ‘Clearly you hate basketball altogether!

        Some of these guys must have the deluxe edition tin foil hats. On the other hand, let me know when the Heat get hit with back to back T’s. I always did want to see hell freeze over.

      • explosionsauce - May 25, 2013 at 10:31 AM

        Nah bro, you love the heat. I don’t get where this guy is getting your heat hate from. You are clearly pro heat in your next comment. Just keep writing, we haters are gonna hate. And you heat lovers are gonna love.

  2. allmyteamsareterrible - May 24, 2013 at 10:00 PM

    Sorry, but there is nothing you can say to me that would convince me the NBA isn’t going to do all they can to get Miami in the Finals (not that they need the help in all honesty). If there is a call can go both ways, it’s not going to go against Miami. It’s a sad fact that the NBA is the least reliable league when it comes to “the fix”…

    • Kurt Helin - May 25, 2013 at 2:16 AM

      Confirmation bias.

      The Pacers got calls all through the first two games, including the superstar call Paul George got on Wade in OT of Game 1 and some physical play inside. The refs have missed plenty of calls both ways, but because people have decided the league will slant they see what they want and ignore the calls that don’t fit that view.

      You should all be wearing tin foil hats to keep the government from controlling your minds.

      • davidly - May 25, 2013 at 8:16 AM

        You should all be wearing tin foil hats to keep the government from controlling your minds.
        That’s lazy, Kurt. Someone who believes that league execs desire to have a ratings-high finals would lead to the most fan-beloved (and hated) team with the most fan-beloved (and hated) players getting the benefit of the doubt at critical moments might involve a flawed drawing of correlations, but your mind-control analogy is the lazy man’s way of avoiding the conversation.

        It’s not just about the number of calls, but the timing, and appearances.

        I won’t say that the NBA is doing “all they can to get Miami in the Finals” but there will be more stretches like the one last night in the third quarter, during which the number of whistles that got the Heat back into the game made any low-scoring Pacer affair all-out thrilling by comparison*.

        * Of course, I like their style, even if they lack a certain offensive savoir faire, but am referring to your countless “Pacers have great D, but are boring to watch” comments: you wouldn’t be trying to control our minds, now, would you, Kurt;-?

      • gmsingh - May 25, 2013 at 9:34 AM

        Kurt, please, stop embarrassing yourself. It’s gotten to the point now where the announcers, on national TV, are laughing at the officiating. At one point in the game West stripped the ball from Bosh, Bosh threw his hands up in the air as if he was grievously injured, and West got called for foul. On the replay Reggie and Steve Kerr were laughing: “The officials say there is no such thing as selling the foul!” There is no way to take it seriously anymore.

  3. bougin89 - May 24, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    Almost inexcusable how bad of reffing that was. Then they call Brian Shaw for a T for yelling “ball don’t lie”. I thought game 1 was officiated fairly being that they called it the same both ways(which is good reffing). This game has clearly been called in favor of the Heat IMHO.

    • bougin89 - May 24, 2013 at 10:32 PM

      The Hansbrough tech was clearly deserved though.

    • biasedhomer - May 24, 2013 at 11:33 PM

      They didn’t call a T on Shaw for yelling “ball dont lie”. They called it, Allen missed, and Shaw did his best Sheed impersonation.

      • bougin89 - May 24, 2013 at 11:50 PM

        Yep, so you just called it exactly how I said it. Shaw got the 2nd T for saying “ball don’t lie”.

    • kyd29 - May 25, 2013 at 12:05 AM

      Bougin u clearly werent watching the game. The first tech got called, allen made it. A 2nd tech was called on Shaw for arguing the original tech call. Once allen missed Shaw said “ball dont lie” 3 times at which time play resumed…tuck your tail between your legs idiot and resume living under the rock u crawled out of

    • biasedhomer - May 25, 2013 at 12:10 AM

      Shaw DID NOT get a technical for yelling “ball dont lie”.

    • raidmagic - May 25, 2013 at 11:03 AM

      Bougin89 You are wrong go watch it again. Shaw yells ball don’t lie AFTER the shot of his tech.

      • bougin89 - May 28, 2013 at 9:21 PM

        I will admit, I was a few Blue Moons down. I was wrong on the Brian Shaw T. My bad.

  4. 1972sxwife - May 24, 2013 at 10:12 PM

    David Stern clearly doesn’t want a Pacers vs Spurs or Griz finals.

    • kyd29 - May 25, 2013 at 12:07 AM

      Neither does anyone else. Hate or love Miami everyone on the planet wants them in the finals so u can root for or against them…hate drives ratings.

      • emosnar - May 25, 2013 at 9:03 AM

        Good quality basketball is what drives ratings. Media may sway you sheeple to like one particular team because there are so many couch potatoes that live in that area the money will be good. Trust me no one is watch the final four in college because they hate a particular team. Real basketball fans know good teams and matchups when they see it and although the heat are a great team and Lebron is spectacular, the team with a true center will always be the best team. Media has blinded you. Dallas was the first example Pacers will be the next. A Great team can beat a bunch of superstar guards anyday. Time will just have to prove to most of those in denial. Refs can’t even do enough. Truthfully Pacer fans really have no worry.

      • gmsingh - May 25, 2013 at 9:28 AM

        Pacers versus Spurs would be a real series. Not some predetermined outcome.

  5. adoombray - May 24, 2013 at 10:55 PM

    doesnt have anything to do with Foster specifically. It’s an open, running joke that Miami gets more whistles than the girl on the center stage at a strip club and acts more incredulous than the ugly girl who went to prom alone when they get touched.

  6. michaeljacksonisback - May 24, 2013 at 11:14 PM

    Duke > Kentucky

  7. taintedlombardis - May 24, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    Such a joke. I guess Wade is allowed to use Kung fu?

    • gmsingh - May 25, 2013 at 9:37 AM

      The “inadvertent forearm smash to the head” was a cool trick. Mario Chalmers acting like his arm fell off when he got a little elbow tap from West was very entertaining too. I really, really think Heat players should carry around that fake Halloween blood so they can say they’re bleeding profusely after every play. I can’t believe how much of pro wrestling has gotten into the NBA.

  8. brutl - May 24, 2013 at 11:40 PM

    What the hell game are you guys watching? Even with the techs the pacers still got to the line 6 more times. You guys are blind the refs have helped the Pacers tremendously in both games. SMMFH

    • bougin89 - May 24, 2013 at 11:53 PM

      Does it suck being wrong so much?

      • hmax13 - May 25, 2013 at 10:11 AM

        Yeah like when that moron kept insisting that Shaw’s T was for yelling ball don’t lie. Its good when idiots who are simply wrong call out idiots who just have dumb opinions…

        What a thread!

      • bougin89 - May 28, 2013 at 10:00 PM

        I will admit, I was a few beers down and in the mood for debate. I was totally wrong on the Shaw T. My apologies.

  9. jaerba - May 24, 2013 at 11:53 PM

    Remember Scott Foster had close associations with Tim Donaghy. He came up with a ridiculous excuse about how all refs call each other directly after the games to talk about them for <2 minutes (he made dozens of short calls to Donaghy like that, lasting a minute or less) and the league didn't want to investigate (then it'd no longer be just a bad apple.)

    He's as dirty as they come in the NBA.

  10. jbeagles23 - May 25, 2013 at 7:52 AM

    I don’t see pacer fans complaining about Hibbert smashing bosh on that no call. Or all the flopping Indy does. George was trapped and jumped in. To the scoring table for a call

  11. davidly - May 25, 2013 at 8:00 AM

    Just because tin-foilers exist, Kurt, does not mean that a bias does not.

    Which is worse: the fact that the most out-there conspiratards extrapolate from said bias eerie back-room mechanizations replete with signals relayed via brain-satilite from Darth Stern; or seeing the bias, reporting on the bias, and saying it doesn’t exist at the same time?

    LBJ didn’t get t’d up because he’s LBJ. No conspiracy, but a bias nevertheless.

    • Kurt Helin - May 26, 2013 at 9:21 PM

      I don’t believe in conspiracies. I think doing so is trying to make your bias fit reality. That simple.

      • davidly - May 29, 2013 at 10:08 AM

        The referees star-bias-officiating fits reality. That’s pretty simple too. No conspiracy. Again, you are ignoring the actual issue with the conspiracy strawman. That’s not the argument I was making.

  12. creek0512 - May 25, 2013 at 8:58 AM

    It’s hilarious to see a Heat fan call the other team floppers. Haha, how many times did Wade and Chalmers flop after not even getting touched.

    • rtfinch - May 25, 2013 at 9:20 AM

      That or lebron shooting his head back anytime Hes in the lane like he got shot. I wonder how many former nba greats are embarrassed watching this new nba.

  13. rtfinch - May 25, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    kind of funny the heat fans complaining about officiating but theyre okay with dwades flying elbow to the back of stephensons head

  14. titansbro - May 25, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    How anyone can watch a game that is so clearly not on the level is beyond me. The NBA is pro wrestling except pro wrestling fans know deep down that it isn’t actually real.

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