Like your basketball rough? Then you must be loving the NBA playoffs, where the physical play is now officially ridiculous, to the point where it’s making a mockery of the game.
The Miami Heat’s 99-76 win over the Indiana Pacers Monday to advance to the NBA Final was just the latest example.
Watching all the banging, pushing and shoving that goes on is breath-taking – and not in a good way. And that’s not even counting the flagrant fouls, some of which are actually whistled by the referees.
A typical play goes like this: ball goes into the big man in the paint. He lowers his shoulder and drives into the defender, who responds by slamming the offensive player with his...