Russell Westbrook Definitely Traveled, And I Don't Have As Much Of A Problem With The Missed Call As I Should
You know how some people think the Cavaliers will have a hard time once they inevitably get to the finals because they won't be used to an increased level of competition? I feel like the referees are experiencing that same phenomenon right now. It's like they got so comfortable calling terrible basketball games that they have been haunted by stupid mistakes in nearly every single one that has come down to the wire. It's been so bad - in fact - that egregious, potential game deciding missed calls are all but expected at this point. Whether it be Dion Waiters shoving Manu Ginobili from out of bounds, Kawhi Leonard's not being whistled for an intentional foul that led to a game deciding 3-point play, or Russell Westbrook taking a casual stroll around Oakland with the ball nestled closely into his bosom. The officials have made negligence a habit and in doing so they have forced me to do something I haven't even been able to accomplish in my love life. That is overlook - and even accept -their flaws.
A ref looking on as Russell Westbrook bursted through the offensive line and carried the ball for a first down should piss me off, but a missed travel is really the least we should have expected in crunch time last night. They have been so routinely oblivious that I have stopped looking at potential fouls and turnovers through the scope of the integrity of the game, and started judging them by whether or not they benefited the team that I thought was deserving of the win. Ironically enough, almost all of these head scratching blunders have benefited the Thunder, but they've benefited the Thunder in games in which they outplayed their opponent. That's a super passive way to look at things when the stakes are at their highest, but with the continued buffoonery of those in charge of the most crucial of decisions it's really the only way at this point.