michael-garcia - June 2, 2012
Adjust your tinfoil hats, because a Boston radio station says the NBA is fixing games so that the Heat beat the Celtics. Toucher and Rich, a radio show on 98.5 FM in Boston, is offering Celtics fans a free download of a Tim Donaghy mask to wear to tonight's game three of the Eastern Conference Finals.
If you're not aware, Tim Donaghy is the former NBA ref who went to prison after admitting he was altering the outcome of games and betting on those games.
So why do Toucher and Rich think the games are fixed? Because the Heat are getting more free throws and because some calls didn't go Boston's way.
Here's how CBSBoston reported it.
Five technicals on the Boston Celtics during Game 1, none against the Heat. Doc Rivers saying, "Come on, Ed" and getting a technical. Paul Pierce fouling out while LeBron James is whistled for just two fouls.
Lebron shooting 24 free throws in Game 2, while the entire Celtics team shot 29 and the Miami Heat shot 47. Forty-seven!
With the game tied, Rajon Rondo getting slapped in the face by Dwyane Wade, with no call. Wade karate-kicking Kevin Garnett, with a foul called on Garnett.
Let's face it, folks: the fix is in. So let David Stern know how you feel on national television tonight by wearing your very own TIM DONAGHY MASK.
NBA conspiracies crack me up. The thought that a multi-billion dollar business would risk everything for the sake of a couple TV ratings points is ridiculous. The fact is that Boston is settling for jump shots, while the Heat attack the basket, that's why they're getting more free throw attempts. You want to get to the free throw line? Be aggressive and go to the rim. Don't want technicals? Shut up and play.
I actually hope that thousands of these masks do end up on fans' faces tonight in Boston. It will make for some great nightmare fuel.