- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 25, 2006

So you know I seen it all before

I seen hoop dreams deflate like a true fiend’s weight

To try and to fail, the two things I hate

Succeed in this rap game, the two things is great

— Jay-Z, “H to the Izzo”

Roc-a-fella Nets vs. Indiana Pacers

The foul call against Nets center Nenad Krstic that sent Pacers guard Anthony Johnson to the free throw line with 0.9 seconds left in Game 1 was a poor one.

A foul call during closing time in the fourth quarter is not equal to the same sort of call in the first quarter.

A foul call in final minute of a playoff game must come with an accompanying autopsy.

Krstic was called for breathing heavily on Johnson, and the Pacers stole homecourt advantage.

Pacers forward Peja Stojakovic did nothing to shake his poor playoff reputation: He shot 5-for-11, cleared his throat with two airballs and watched from the bench in the fourth quarter.

In tonight’s Game 2, Lawrence Frank, the Doogie Howser of coaching, should take some pressure off Vince Carter (12-for-33 in Game 1) in the halfcourt by letting Jason Kidd make the decisions.

The LeBrons vs. Washington Wizards

“We Are All Witnesses” qualifies as deep thinking only when your full-time gig is exploiting Third World children in an effort to make LeBron’s next shoe.

Hey, Nike, witness this.

We are all witnesses — to a basketball game, nothing more, nothing less.

LeBron can’t heal the sick or feed the poor. He can’t lower gas prices or save you money on your car insurance.

In tonight’s Game 2, five players will play five other players on a court measuring 94 feet by 50 feet with two goals measuring 10 feet high in a game. That’s about it.

But don’t expect LeBron to total 32 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists and don’t expect Gilbert Arenas to miss 13 of 20 shots.

That’s because this is a series, not a single-elimination tournament.

San Antonio Spurs vs. Sacramento Kings

This series is basically over. Ron Artest is suspended for Game 2.

The Spurs did all they really needed to in Game 1 — stand up to Artest, who drew the one Western Conference team that isn’t falling for his nonsense.

The Spurs knocked Artest down early in the game, and Gregg Popovich rode him from the sideline after he got too physical with Manu Ginobili.

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