Heat Lose Game 5 in the Most Insufferable Way

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The Miami Heat fell 93-90 to the Indiana Pacers in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals match-up Wednesday night.

Paul George had the game of his life, and the Pacers were able to muster a big performance to avoid elimination.

Of course, it's much easier to win a game against the Miami Heat when LeBron James sits out more than a half. And it's much easier to beat the Heat when the refs are putting you on the line obscenely more than Miami.

But still. A win is a win is a win.

:fart::

So what can we glean from Game 5?

1. That Ed Malloy's amazing defense on LeBron was the difference in this game It was by far the worst playoff performance of LeBron James' career. And for good reason. NBA referee Malloy's quick movements and stifling ways pretty much prevented LeBron from getting into rhythm and leaving any kind of mark on the game. It also gave the Pacers their MVP of the night. James scored only seven points and was virtually invisible throughout Game 5. By the time LeBron was able to play without Malloy's impregnable skills, the damage was seemingly done. Ed Malloy: Pacer hero.
2. That Lance Stephenson is officially the Most Hated Player of all time Think about this for a second.

In a world where we have had to deal with the monumental douche knockery from the likes of Joakim Noah, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Kendrick Perkins, Nate Robinson, John Starks, Jason Terry, J.J. Barea, and Russell Westbrook, Lance Stephenson has managed to come out on top as the person with the most punchable face in the NBA universe.

That's quite a feat.

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3. That Bat Boy's night was wasted
Rashard Lewis has played exceptional defense all series long. But he hasn't been able to hit a single shot. Until Game 5. And it was in Game 5 that Lewis exploded by draining six threes and finishing with 18 points.

AND IT WAS ALL FOR NAUGHT!

::screeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee::

4. That a game the Heat had no business being in came down to a final shot
LeBron James' foul trouble was the story of this game. Because any time you remove the best player in the world from the equation -- that's the story. Paul George scored 37 yada yada yada. But it's easy to put up seismic numbers when the best player on the floor is gone and you don't have to concern yourself with him. No, the fix was not in. And yes, LeBron didn't help himself with some of those reach-ins. But holy dick buckets, were those bad calls.

Still, George was lights-out and put up 31 of his 37 in the second half. The Pacers, as a team, shot over 50 percent from the field, went 8-for-19 from downtown, and grabbed 38 rebounds. In an elimination game. At home.

Yet the game came down to Chris Bosh having a pretty decent look from the corner.

He hits that and the narrative today is completely different. But he missed. And the Pacers were able to live to see another day.

Basically, it had to take some out-of-this-world play from a wildly inconsistent Paul George, some extremely questionable officiating, and Chris Bosh missing a shot he could very well have made for the Pacers to win this game.

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Dan K. Alexander
Dan K. Alexander

Indeed. It is insufferable when the NBA directs its referees to manipulate the foul system in order to stretch out the playoff series. The ironic thing is that more people would watch the NBA overall - making this type of practice unnecessary - if the league halted this practice. Tim Donaghy exposed this behavior years ago. I barely watch basketball anymore. Whenever I'm inclined to watch (basketball) I usually just turn on WWE wrestling instead. At least they're (WWE) honest with the fact that the matches have a predetermined outcome. NBA players don't get to determine their destiny until game #6 or #7. #boo

Rachel R Levy Lewis
Rachel R Levy Lewis

Heat gave this game away. They're short on revenue and need the extra game in Miami.

Lester Behan
Lester Behan

After Friday night's game, Stephenson will have all the free time in the world to head over to South Beach and give Blow J's.

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