Originally posted by 49ersMyLife:
Originally posted by dobophile:NBA players are rewarded for overreacting to hard fouls like that because it causes the refs to step in and overpunish the offender. Wade/Allen knew the deal: act outraged and pretend to be on the verge of throwing a punch and the ref will be more inclined to call a flagrant and order JJ ejected.
It's the NBA's version of fake soccer injury.
Wade pretended to throw a punch? Where? He was just making sure Allen didn't do something to get suspended.
Barea over-reacted to Allen's slight push off earlier in the play. Why can't Ray Allen over-react?
I never said Wade pretended to throw a punch. Wade ran directly into the scrum, kind of aggressively, and then once Allen was up he got between Allen and Barea. There was an unspoken acknowledgement there: Hey, I should run in here, and then you should act angry so that I can hold you back, and then the ref will punish Barea because things are getting out of hand.
The overreaction pussies in NBA are getting tiresome. That foul was nothing to get upset about, really.
I don't think it was spontaneous and unthinking, no.