NBA: Cheating Isn’t Illegal If It’s Against Boston

The sins of the Patriots shall be visited upon the Celts? How else to explain Tuesday’s Boston-Portland tangle, when an unguarded Travis Outlaw was allowed to dunk in the closing seconds of the first half? Unguarded, not insignificantly, because the Blazers ran the play with six men on the court.

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Kevin Garnett, the only man on the court who could count, brought it to the attention of the refs. They awarded a technical, but allowed the basket. Those two points mattered, because Portland came out on top by five. The NBA admitted today the refs dropped the ball, but will allow the result to stand. That’s funny, because it was little more than a year ago when they sung a different tune. (Video of the play after the jump).

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