Because it might, you know, come back and bite you in the ass at some point. Among other reasons.
Let's see: 1.) It's just unsportsmanlike and disrespectful 2.) It's just stupid and 3.) That player may use it as motivation for when he comes back to Philadelphia to kick our asses.
Enter Joakim Noah.
He displayed some nasty finger guns on Wednesday night, likely directed at the Philly crowd, after hitting huge big buckets to help his team earn the 'W.'
You may recall the first round of the playoffs last year when Noah went down with an ankle injury that ended his season. I remember sitting in the Wells Fargo Center and cringing when a good portion of the crowd cheered as he lay on the court in pain. It was not Philly fan's proudest moment.
Turns out, Noah had it on his mind when he helped play his familiar role as Sixers killer on Wednesday night.
From CSNChicago's Aggrey Sam:
“Yes, no question,” he answered, when asked if he had May on his mind
coming into this game, a 96-89 Bulls win, in which he contributed a
team-high 21 points, along with seven rebounds, five assists and three
“I’ve been thinking about it all summer. All
summer. I just couldn’t wait to come back here. I just felt like when I
went down last year, just people cheering and stuff. I just felt like
that was a little disrespectful and it was definitely motivating for me
to work even harder in the summer.
Noah's turned into one of the biggest pests on the hardwood for the Sixers. He finished last night with 21 points on 7-10 shooting with 5 boards, 5 assists, 3 blocks, and a steal.
The Sixers kept it close and were in it until the final minutes when they made a couple of costly turnovers, namely Jrue Holiday trying to do a little too much and simply attempting to force too much.
For more on Doug Collins' disappointment and the Sixers showing fatigue, check out John Finger's full recap.
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The Yankees trailed 4-0 against starter Lance McCullers Jr. until Judge homered leading off the seventh. He tied it with a line drive that nearly left the park in the eighth and scored on Gary Sanchez's go-ahead two-run double off loser Ken Giles.
The Yankees have rallied from a second straight 0-2 series deficit -- they beat Cleveland in the Division Series by winning three in a row to take that best-of-five matchup.
Aroldis Chapman struck out two in a perfect ninth, and New York improved to 5-0 at home in the playoffs.
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Andre Ethier also went deep and Taylor added an RBI triple in the fifth as Los Angeles set a franchise record with its sixth consecutive playoff win. Yasiel Puig had two more hits in another entertaining performance that included an impressive bat flip -- on a long foul ball in the first inning.
Looking for a four-game sweep and their 22nd NL pennant, the Dodgers will send Alex Wood to the mound Wednesday night at Wrigley Field with a chance to reach the World Series for the first time since their last championship in 1988. Jake Arrieta, eligible for free agency after the season, pitches for the Cubs in what could be his final start with the team.
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