HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — You can’t play hero when you’re on the bench with the game on the line.
And that sixth foul on LeBron James in the final minute of Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals eliminated any chance of the four-time MVP duplicating his late-game heroics from Game 1.
But that foul call looked different to folks depending on their area code.
It was definitely a foul anywhere near the 317, 812 and 765 and basically anywhere in the state of Indiana. But in the 305 and 954 (and the rest of the South Florida), Lance Stephenson stumbling over the foot of James on a screen at crunch time looked like the tick-iest of tacky fouls on a night filled with a number of questionable fouls called on both sides.
Seeing the reigning MVP exit the game on a call like this one, though, was sure to start a few arguments around the basketball world.
The officials are an easy target, especially when you lose. And I’d argue that the Pacers outworked the Heat top to bottom in Game 4 anyway and that there is no guarantee LeBron could have rescued the Heat again, had he been on the floor.