Blazers' Anger at Brian Cardinal is Silly ... and Good for the Mavs

You know it's a series when the towel-wavers are going at it.

Mavs-Blazers has been relatively friendly. Portland coach Nate McMillan snapped at the refs after Game 1. Mavs owner Mark Cuban was hit in the face by a plastic straw during Game 3 and Brandon Roy pissed off all of Dallas with his Game 4 flurry.

But the blood is apparently finally boiling after a late Game 5 confrontation collision between two players who don't mean jack shit to the series -- Dallas' Brian Cardinal and Portland's Paddy Mills.

The Mavs led by 11 with 18 seconds remaining Monday night at American Airlines Center and inbounded the ball in the backcourt. Having emptied both benches, the game was over. Dallas' J.J. Barea dribbles into the frontcourt, hands the ball to the ref and onto Game 6 we go.

But, no, the Blazers had a different plan. A ridiculous plan that hurt one of their players and their wittle feelings.

Instead of surrendering -- which is the equivalent of the NFL kneel-down -- Portland's Mills pressured Barea near Dallas' free-throw line. The Blazers' Armon Johnson even ran over for a double-team. Cardinal stopped that nonsense, setting a pick on Mills that sent him sprawling into the scorer's table.

No foul was called. Barea finally dribbled out the clock. And, somehow, the bitchin' Blazers have a problem with it.

Says Portland's Wesley Matthews, "I know it's the playoffs and everything, but come on. With four seconds left in the game? But that's cool. I'm not going to forget it, that's for sure."

Here's the deal: Mills and Johnson are annoying, meaningless little runts in this series. If you've been to a game you've seen their act. As soon as a timeout is called, both run -- no, make that skip -- onto the court to over-enthusiastically high-five their teammates. Tie game in the middle of the second quarter? Doesn't matter. Upon the whistle for a timeout those two cheereleaders are running from their bench as if the Blazers just won Game 7 of the NBA Finals.

Several times Monday night Johnson sprinted onto the court toward a Blazers player so fervently that a couple of Mavs had to dodge him as they walked to Dallas' bench.

As for the pick? It's called basketball. Portland was pressing. Cardinal simply -- albeit violently, yet legally -- relieved that pressure.

You can't play defense without expecting the other team to play offense. Unless, that is, you're an immature team that doesn't know how to play -- much less win -- a playoff series.

If Portland is truly motivated to get revenge on a guy who has played two minutes in the series, Dallas is in great shape for Game 6.


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Rob Em
Rob Em

mmmmmmmm, Patty Mills.......ohhhh (deep, deep groaning and nipple rubbing), I want you in my bedroom, you Irish passion giver! Come and give me "the Sedona Suckler". Ohhhhh, Joshy Hambonita, come and give me "the Texas City Firetruck". OHhhhhhHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

(then a knock on the door) "Rob, what are you doin'?"

"Nuttin' momma"

Get it?

Brianlvincent
Brianlvincent

Hillarious!!!! If Paddy didn't try to make something out of nothing..... it would have never happened. GO MAVS!!!!!

Rob Em
Rob Em

Sorry that I haven't posted guys; busy day at the orifice! You know, sucking cock.-Rob Em

PDX
PDX

They are young players who enjoy the game of basketball, something you have never done. Leave them alone.

Jrt9584
Jrt9584

"Opon a whistle for a timeout...." Opon?? Never heard of that word.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Mavs soft, my ass. Brian Cardinal regulating, bitches!

Pretty weak as far as whines go. Even weaker than Richie whining about Colby's paternity leave. Weaker than the new morning show's cred. Weaker than RAGE ratings. Weaker than a fake kergo post. Weaker than Dan Uggla and Carl Crawford in my fantasy lineup. You get the point.

But this series ain't over until the Mavs are waiting to see if they go to LA or stay here for NO. Until then, I'm on high choke alert.

And it was the triumphant return of the lazy tags. Nice points about Dirk, Roy, and Carlisle!

gofuhcureself
gofuhcureself

Re: "Brian Cardinal regulating, bitches!"

Hahahaha. That's funny right there! I also liked that you are on "high choke alert." As am I, Scruffy, as am I. Mavs fans have been traumatized...lol...we know better. If the Mavs were up 3 games to 0 in the finals with a 30 point lead in game 4 with 10 minutes remaining. I think I would STILL be on high choke alert....lol. And if the opponent was Miami and Dwyane Wade? Ulcer, maybe? The shit is fixed anyway.

Guest
Guest

"Mills and Johnson are annoying, meaningless little runts" It takes one to know one, you asshole midget.

Rooster
Rooster

Wow. Paddy Mills reads the Sportatorium. Who knew?

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

Couldnt agree more, those 2 peons got what they were asking for, I think its funny that Portland is going to use our spare 2 minute the whole sereis player as motivation. I hope Carlisle puts him at the end of the first half just to see if Portland wants to goon it up with him. Hey paddy, go get your fucking shinebox

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