What if Dick Bavetta was assigned to referee Game Six of a series where Vince Carter’s team was trailing 3-2? On one side, you’ve got the NBA’s go-to official for extending a series. On the other side, you’ve got Vince Carter, the least reliable playoff performer of his era.
Bavetta would keep trying to call fouls, but Carter would keep taking outside shots, refusing to drive. When Bavetta did manage to blow a cheap whistle on Carter’s opponents, Vinsanity would use it as an excuse to fall down, grab his knee, and limp off to the locker room. Eventually the game would come down to Carter missing a fallaway three-pointer, followed by a bailout foul call from Bavetta, followed by Carter bricking the potential winning free throws. Followed by David Stern’s goons “disappearing” both of them after the game.
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