I don't want to take the spotlight off the Magic too much, but this had to be mentioned.
During the first segment of today's Around The Horn, Reali asked the panel if yesterday's Celtic's win was more about Cleveland or Boston. Michael Smith, the first one up, had this to say:
"The Celtics…beat the Cavaliers and they beat the officials as evidenced by the "cha-cha slide" that Lebron did that did not get called. As well as the numerous amount of fouls…look at the free throw difference in this game, it was ridiculous with David Stern in the stands to watch."
Well, holy (expletive). This is a far cry from Barkley's "I'm not going to make an excuse for the Cavs, but Lebron doesn't look the same." Could it be that someone in the media isn't buying into the hype? Maybe so, given Smith's response to the Plaschke's strict adherence to the "Cavs Are The Best Team Ever" approach:
"How come every time the Cavaliers play poorly it’s either because they're not focused or because of Lebron’s phantom elbow injury, which looked fine on his chase down blocks, by the way. I said this last night, no one’s going to throw rose petals at the feet of King James on the way to a championship."
For the record, the Cavs were called for 16 personal fouls and shot 26-38 from the line. Boston, on the other hand, was called for 31 personal fouls and shot 10-18 from the line. The difference between the attempted FTs was bigger than the total shots Boston took. I'd say there's something wrong there. Good thing
Darth Sidius Stern was around the strike down anyone who complained.