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Tyler Hansbrough

NBA playoffs look like football without pads

NBA playoffs look like football without pads

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...