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Did Dan Gilbert simply subtweet NBA refs concerning the Cavs-Celtics free-throw disparity?

Even amongst NBA house owners used to getting their approach in each different stroll of life, the factor that may set Cavaliers governor Dan Gilbert other than his friends is his propensity to get mad on-line.

From sending a strongly worded letter to then-commissioner David Stern to attempt to get him to dam Chris Paul’s commerce to the Lakers in 2011, to most infamously writing a (later-deleted) 2010-dated Comedian Sans missive to followers wherein he wrote “I PERSONALLY GUARANTEE THAT THE CLEVELAND CAVALIERS WILL WIN AN NBA CHAMPIONSHIP BEFORE THE SELF-TITLED FORMER ‘KING’ WINS ONE” after LeBron James left his staff the primary time, Gilbert has proven many occasions he’s prepared to take to the interwebs to get offended.

His newest grievance, nonetheless, was just a little extra delicate than these previous ones. After the Donovan Mitchell-less Cavaliers suffered a narrower-than-expected loss to the Boston Celtics to go down 3-1 within the second spherical of the NBA playoffs, Gilbert despatched the next tweet:

Now, that appears innocuous sufficient on its face, proper? However what does that 24/7 line imply? Was it a reference to LeBron James being in attendance and having a good time, hinting that possibly assistance is on the best way? That wouldn’t be a nasty guess in regular tin-foil hat circumstances, however on this case, the reply is way easier, as Gilbert seems to be winking to followers with a read-between-the-lines otherwise you’ll miss it grievance concerning the referees, as Boston shot 24 free-throws to the Cavaliers’ seven in a 109-102 loss.

Gilbert is clearly making an attempt to get his message throughout right here in a approach wherein he has believable deniability to keep away from a effective — and possibly on reflection he will be glad the Cavs didn’t get no less than one or two extra free-throws, as this wouldn’t be as delicate if he was speaking about working arduous 24/8 or 24/9, proper? That one fewer free-throw may save him just a few thousand bucks!

It’s arduous to think about a grand NBA conspiracy to… rig a house sport for the undermanned Cavs to lose to shorten a collection in order that Boston may have a better path to the convention Finals(???)… however possibly that’s not what Gilbert is implying. Possibly he simply thought the referees weren’t maliced, however as a substitute merely horrible.

Nonetheless, whereas these with rooting pursuits can at all times discover a quibble with the refs, it’s form of arduous to see Gilbert having an actual case right here. His staff was lacking its finest participant and scorer, and took 16 extra threes than the Celtics (48 triples to Boston’s 32), which means they had been in practically each situation at all times going to get to the road lower than the Celtics whereas avoiding the paint that a lot.

However nonetheless, it’s a reasonably humorous bit from Gilbert to complain this fashion, and it will likely be fascinating to see if the NBA feels snug sufficient to truly effective him right here. In the event that they do, hopefully they write the press launch in Comedian Sans simply to make this entire factor even funnier.

We’ll replace this story if and after they do effective Gilbert for this.



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