This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things
And if a ref calls a charge instead of a blocking foul. Those techs don't do crap. Or if a buddy shot rattles in, those technicals don't cost us a game. That's the thing, a point in the 1st quarter doesn't come back to haunt you because so many factors come into play after the fact that could change the game.
Ref makes a bad call? We don't have any control over it.
Shot rattles out? We don't have any control over it.
We get called for two technicals? Oh, wait, we had full control over that. We didn't have to argue in the face of the official, but we did.
I mean, if Dave Joerger went to the official scorer at halftime and said, "Hey, we're feeling cocky, why don't you just add two points to Indiana's score", and the scorer actually did so, would you think that was totally cool, because there's lots of other factors? Or would you find it to be a completely unnecessary move that would have the potential to cost us the game if the game ends up close?
To put it another way, if sometime during the middle of the game while Fox was dribbling up court he had stopped, picked up his dribble, kindly handed the ball over to Collison and just let Collison go back for an uncontested layup, hey, that's OK. We shouldn't have any problem with that because those two points "don't do crap", right?