Follow the Sonics off and on the court with reporters Percy Allen and Jayda Evans.
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March 8, 2008 10:02 AM
Posted by Percy Allen
Percy Allen: All right Jayda. I'm not smart enough to figure this out so I need a little help. Please explain to me why the Miami Heat and Atlanta Hawks are meeting tonight to replay the final minute of game that nobody cares about. I mean seriously, what's the point?
Jayda Evans: Goodness. Are we back to this? I think I was for it, but it's been so long and so much has happened. Are they flying Shaq back for the game? Anyway, it is significant that the NBA is willing to seriously look at a team's protest and come out and admit that there was an error in judgment by their officials. True that it means nothing as far as this game is concerned but it sets a precedent where it could matter in games of importance in the future that could settle a playoff race.
Allen: Good to know that you're finally coming around to my way of thinking on this. But don't read too much into this. The NBA will never - and I repeat NEVER - reverse the decision of a playoff game once the final buzzer goes off and both teams are in the locker room. The stakes are too high at that point.
Evans: I wouldn't say never. Like I said, this sets a precedent to give that contending team an easy case to point to where the NBA did do the unthinkable. And because the stakes are high in the postseason, I could possible see the league going there. Plus, it's another chance for TV revenue! Oh, wait, ratings are down. Still, if the league is going to do this in the future, it has to be immediately following the mistake. I'm sure Mike Bibby and Shawn Marion are overjoyed to play this snafu.
Allen: Speaking of Bibby and Marion, what's your take on the midseason trades.
Evans: As I thought, the Shaq deal was more of a playoff move, so here's hoping the Big Fella can get it together by then. But I'm sticking with my two leading contenders to win the West in Utah and the Lakers. They made the smartest moves to help their roster and look great. The bold moves were needed to catch San Antonio and I'm enjoying all of the star power in the West. You can't possibly disagree with that, can you?
Allen: Disagree with you? Never.
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