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Do my eyes deceive me?
May 9, 2011 - Seth Staskey
I've been watching sports since I was old enough to open my eyes, and I don't think I've ever seen anything quite like I saw during the tail end of the Mavericks' close-out victory against the Lakers.
In the fourth quarter, L.A.'s Lamar Odom and Andrew Bynum were ejected after committing ridiculous intentional fouls. Odoms could have been deemed a hard, but legal foul, but what Bynum did was absolutely uncalled for and there's absolutely no place for it in basketball.
As Dallas' J.J. Marea drove to the bucket and had a clear path down the lane, Bynum just threw a forearm into the rib cage of Marea, sending him to the floor for several minutes. He was immediately ejected and then on his way off the court, he took his jersey off. Again, totally uncalled for and ridiculous.
Bynum deserves to be severely fined and suspended for a solid portion of next season. I could see Odom just drawing a fine, but an example needs to be made of Bynum.
I can understand being frustrated and upset that you're down by 20-plus and three games as the two-time defending World Champions, but to commit the kind of act he did and then to show up the game the way he did, is taking it too far.
If ever there was a time to use the term Bush League, it was during the fourth quarter of Sunday's game. Hopefully, the remainder of the playoffs don't provide any more theatrics and just basketball.
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