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Conspiracy files: Ayesha Curry cries 'foul'

Conspiracy files: Ayesha Curry cries 'foul'

As long as there have been professional sports, there have been conspiracy theories about sports. Whenever a referee makes a bad call, it's a conspiracy. When a player makes a bad play, conspiracy. When a coach makes the wrong decision, conspiracy. We create these conspiracy theories to try and explain the inexplicable when really, that's the reason we watch sports in the first place. As ridiculous as those theories are, and they're all ridiculous, we still enjoy talking about them. A lot.

Just ask Ayesha Curry.

After taking his sixth foul in Game 6 of the NBA Finals, Stephen Curry threw his mouthpiece in frustration and was ejected. Needless to say, Ayesha was not pleased at what happened and Tweeted her frustrations, because sending out an emotional Tweet never comes back to haunt someone.

Ayesha deleted the Tweet soon after, but as we all know, when you put something on the internet it lives forever and many have run with what she was implying.


The conspiracy: NBA referees are speicifcally targeting Golden State and making bad calls in order to help Cleveland and extend the series. Let's throw Draymond Green's suspension for Game 5 into the mix, since the sries may not have gotten to a Game 6 if Green had been available for Game 5.

You can see the logic here. A longer series means more TV, more publiclity and more money for the NBA. It is the league's ultimate showcase and it just so happens to feature two of the most prominent players in the game: Steph Curry and LeBron James. Of course they want the series extended so Green was extended for Game 5 and the refs were briefed before Game 6 and told to give Cleveland the advantage.

You could even make a case that the NBA tried to extend the Western Conference Finals as well. If you thought Ayesha Curry was upset over the fouls called on her husband in Game 6, that's nothing compared to what she had to say when Green was not suspended for his kick to Steven Adams' man zone in the series against Oklahoma City. Boy was she...oh wait, she didn't say anything about that?

Funny how people only seem to believe in conspiracy theories when they go against their team.

Regardless, you can see the point. Green was facing suspension with his team down 3-1 in the series, but the NBA chose not to suspend him despite kicking another man in the basketballs. Lo and behold, the Warriors rallied to win in seven games. Clearly, the NBA is doing what it can to extend these series.

How realistic is this theory? On a scale of 1 unicorn to 5 unicorns with five being the most unrealistic (because the only thing more unbelievable than a unicorn is five unicorns) this one gets 2 unicorns.

The officiating in Game 6 was atrocious and Green's non-suspension in the conference finals and suspension in the finals makes it look like the fix is in. The explanation for this, however, is probably far simpler than a nefarious plot by the NBA.

Find me an NBA game that players and fans from both teams say was well officiated. I'll wait. The fact is that there isn't one, at least not one that would get 100 percent approval. That's not a knock on NBA referees, basketball is an extremely tough game to officiate. Sometimes bad calls are made and it's not because of negligence or a conspiracy, it just happens. The fact that a number of questionable calls seemed to go against the visting team in Game 6 is a factor that has not really been brought up, but it should. Home court advantage doesn't just affect the players, it affects the officials too.

As for Green, the NBA got caught in a no-win situation. Despite what people may think, no referee or league official likes to determine the outcome of a game or a series. Green's kick to Adams sure looked intentional, but there was some small chance that it wasn't and with Golden State down 3-1 in the series, suspending Green could well have been the end of the Warrior's season. So the NBA let it go. But then Green went on to do what Green does and the fouls just got a bit too numerous and a too egregious to ignore.

Green wasn't suspended for his "scuffle" with James, his suspension was the result of everything he's done in the postseason.

So to all the NBA 'truthers' out there, sorry to burst your bubble. This is just another conspiracy theory with no legs to stand on.

Big Foot though, totally real.


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Wizards set to have Tim Frazier back against Cavs after nasal fracture surgery

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Wizards set to have Tim Frazier back against Cavs after nasal fracture surgery

The All-Star break came at a good time for Wizards point guard Tim Frazier, who missed their last game before the week off due to nasal fracture surgery.

Frazier was back at the Wizards' practice on Tuesday night at Capital One Arena and expects to play on Thursday when the team returns to action on the road at the Cleveland Cavaliers.

"I feel good. I feel like I can go out there and help them compete," he said.


Frazier, 27, had surgery to repair his broken nose on Feb. 11 after he was knocked out of the previous night's game between the Wizards and Bulls. Frazier collided face-first with the knee of Bobby Portis and was immediately ushered to the locker room with blood streaming from his nose.

Following the procedure, Frazier had to battle through pain and breathing issues. He feels much better now and had no complications after participating in a full practice.

The challenge now is adjusting to a fitted mask he will have to wear to return to the court. Frazier has never had to wear a mask before in his basketball career.

"[Sweat] was one of the issues today, trying to keep it dry when I'm sweating underneath," he said.

"He looked good," head coach Scott Brooks said. "I thought he would be a little uncomfortable with it, but he seemed fine."


Frazier has been given advice from the Wizards' training staff, as well as teammate Bradley Beal who has had to wear a mask twice before in his career.

"Brad said that after a while you get used to it. Nobody wants to wear it for the rest of their careers besides Rip Hamilton," Frazier said.

Getting Frazier back is significant for the Wizards, who are already down a point guard with John Wall rehabbing from left knee surgery. Without Frazier against the Knicks on Wednesday, the Wizards had to use Beal and Otto Porter to bring the ball up at times. Now, with Tomas Satoransky and Frazier, they have a starting point guard and a backup who is used to playing the position.

They could have three point guards, as the Wizards continue to weigh their options in free agency. They have to add a player within the next two days to meet the league's minimum roster requirement. Most of the free agents they have evaluated have been point guards as they aim to compensate for Wall's absence, which could last well into the month of March.


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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Wizards have big questions to answer coming out of All-Star break

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Wizards have big questions to answer coming out of All-Star break

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, Chase Hughes and Chris Miller look ahead to the biggest questions the Wizards need to answer after the All-Star break. They also explain why Bradley Beal proved a lot in his first All-Star Game appearance.

They also unveiled a new segment involving guessing Wizards players based on their social media captions.

You can listen to the episode right here:

You can download the podcast on Apple Podcasts right here and on Google Play. If you like the show please tell your friends!