The NBA is Rigged
The NBA is rigged and everyone knows it. However, no entity seems to know it better than our friends on social media. So instead of telling you that the NBA is rigged myself, I’ll let Twitter tell you.
While I could go deep into the history of accusations of rigging against the league, in honor of this past weekend’s events, I’ll just focus on the 2017-18 season.
We Knew it in October 2017
Gordon Hayward “breaking” his ankle is 100% proof the NBA is rigged for another Warriors vs Cavs final.
— Cameron Hill (@C_Hill2015) October 18, 2017
November: Lonzo For MVP? No? Rigged.
If Lonzos not MVP this year the NBA is rigged
— humberto (@nicebertt) November 20, 2017
Skip Ahead: Eastern Conference Finals Game 3
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) May 19, 2018
Given how rigged the NBA is, it'd be one of the more shocking games in recent memory if the Celtics win tonight.
— Caps Bandwagon Joiner (@bruinshockeynow) May 20, 2018
I am shocked and stunned and shocked that this game isn't even close. Shocked.
— Caps Bandwagon Joiner (@bruinshockeynow) May 20, 2018
there you have it 116-86 cavs win
— joaq (@Lrnzxjoaquiee) May 20, 2018
Eastern Conference Finals Game 4
The NBA is rigged, they don’t wanna see the Celtics or the Rockets in the finals
— john hundreds (@johnmesiass) May 22, 2018
Reminder: This was only Game 4, people.
Do you REALLY think the NBA (a rigged and corrupt league btw) is going to allow a Lebron-less Finals and no Cheatin’ Warriors? WRONG! – It’s all about ratings folks, and fake news stores! Very dishonest #Cavs #celtics
— Sports Trump (@realSportsTrump) May 22, 2018
The @NBA is clearly rigged and the league will do anything it can to get Lebron in the finals again at this point
— Biggie Buchanan (@KidNamedWelch) May 22, 2018
The NBA has been proven to be rigged in the past but tonight’s #CelticsVsCavs game is ridiculous. Talk about wanting to extend a series by any means possible…
— Mike Carter (@MikeCarterTV) May 22, 2018
Some were aware of it and didn’t even care. Side: He’s a Rockets fan.
Is it sad that I know the NBA is rigged and I still wanna watch?
— Pray For CP3 (@JRocc205) May 22, 2018
— Leah Klafczynski (@leahklaf) May 22, 2018
Western Conference Finals Game 4
After some late Golden State miscues, they were given 0.5 seconds on the clock and had a shot to tie the game.
If they score with .5 seconds left the NBA IS OFFICIALLY RIGGED!!!
— ℘ąɬƈɧ💸🐐 (@UnPatchables) May 23, 2018
Somewhere at some @BWWings in Oakland somebody pressed that button 😂😂😂 the NBA is rigged
— dajaun drennon (@most_jaunted) May 23, 2018
It’s so easy to tell the NBA is rigged
— KVR (@KyleVanRiper_) May 23, 2018
— Mia Gradney (@MiaGradneyKHOU) May 23, 2018
Had my “NBA is rigged” tweet ready
— Gavin Lukasik (@bigg650) May 23, 2018
Even Kevin Durant knows things are rigged:
“the NBA is rigged we should’ve won that game, whatever we’ll be back for game 5” pic.twitter.com/iHTbMx8e7G
— Shamar (@ovoshamar) May 23, 2018
the NBA is so rigged
— Josh Thacker™ (@_joshthacker_) May 23, 2018
Eastern Conference Finals Game 5
Series tied at two.
Still a firm believer the NBA is rigged. Both of these series will go to game 7
— JJ Schulz (@JJschulz11) May 24, 2018
the nba is so rigged 🤦🏽♂️. boston gonna win game 5, then cleveland gonna win game 6, then in game 7 boston gonna lose they first home playoff game😂🤷🏽♂️
— Jprime♠️ (@jprime_3) May 24, 2018
If you don’t think the NBA is rigged you might wanna get your head checked. Refs will send both series to 7 because the NBA will lose $180mil in revenue if they don’t. Coincidence that Both the Cavs and Celtics have their stars in foul trouble early in the game on the road?
— Bobby Wright (@Bobby___Light) May 24, 2018
Firm believer that the nba is rigged in the playoffs
— Prophyte J.🇯🇵 (@JustJacari_) May 24, 2018
The NBA is rigged Celtics will win Game 5 , get blown out in Game 6 and lose game 7 in a close one
Rockets will win Game 5, warriors will win Game 6 in a blow out and Warriors will win in Game 7 in a close one
— Avery Green (@Sillygreen4) May 24, 2018
CELTICS WIN 96-83 ☘️
Tatum 24 PTS 7 REB 4 AST 4 STL
Brown 17 PTS 3 REB
Horford 15 PTS 12 REB
Morris 13 PTS 6 REB
Smart 13 PTS 4 REB 4 AST pic.twitter.com/Ruzbkf9Qdq
— Celtics Fan Hub (@CelticsFanHub) May 24, 2018
Some were still WOKE.
NBA is rigged. Cavs in 7. Come at me at @celtics fans
— Mike Dzura (@Sir_Mikey_D) May 24, 2018
Western Conference Finals Game 5
THE HOUSTON ROCKETS WIN 98-94 TO TAKE A 3-2 LEAD OVER THE GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS.
— The Dream Shake (@DreamShakeSBN) May 25, 2018
It’s gonna be sight seeing my Twitter TL on fire after GS takes this in 7 on Tuesday night 😕. “NBA is rigged” is gonna be the narrative
— TS (@TheKid_TS2) May 25, 2018
Narrative : Chris Paul is seriously injured. The Warriors win in 7. Then the hot takes come.
“Warriors always get it easy”
“Harden can’t do it by himself”
“The NBA is rigged”
Just a scenario I could see playing out.
— Chris (@coachchris__) May 25, 2018
3. Somehow the NBA is gonna find a way to get the warriors back to the finals. CP3 is a big part of the reason the warriors are having problems. Harden was playing like 💩 CP3 turnt up. I’m pressed
— B Fazo (@BucketBenji) May 25, 2018
It wasn’t a just a dream, it was a vision.
If that happens it’s rigged for sure
— mango fruit boy🍊 (@DakotaLameHumor) May 25, 2018
Eastern Conference Finals Game 6
After the first quarter.
If the Celtics and Rockets blow a 3-2 lead the NBA is rigged
— G (@Najxx_B) May 26, 2018
Even the hockey guy sees it.
Been watching the Cs for 5 minutes. Have yet to see the Cs shoot free throws while the Cavs have shot 30. It’s a shame that the NBA is so rigged #bananas
— Jordan Belfort (@cgover7) May 26, 2018
So… when the Celtics get a 24 second violation on an air-ball, the refs let the Cavs take the ball down in transition.
When the Cavs DON'T have a 24 second violation, play stops… killing all chance of transition scoring for the Celtics.
The rig is in folks.
— BigStudWithaGuitar (@ThatsForQuakers) May 26, 2018
Lebron played all 24 minutes and has already asked to come out of the game while scoring 25 pts (9-17 FG)
— Jon Symons (@ESPNJonSymons) May 26, 2018
— Patrick (@purestair) May 26, 2018
— Yuan (@04_yuan) May 26, 2018
Western Conference Finals Game 6
If rockets don’t win tonight the nba is rigged lol
— Terrill (@Terrance_OvO) May 26, 2018
If both the Cavs and the Warriors battle back down 3-2 to make the Finals, the NBA is 100% rigged.
— Brooks (@EBrooksUncut) May 27, 2018
Rockets are getting hosed, NBA is rigged
— Brandon Sorenson (@BrandonSor3nson) May 27, 2018
That's crazy the NBA is rigged lol
— bnels (@BNellyNelson) May 27, 2018
I've lost all respect sorry this is absolutely rigged for money… Or ratings in not sure which. I won't be silent . Just saw it live sry.
— B Henry (@begrachen) May 27, 2018
I’ve never been a “The NBA is rigged” guy but this is absurd
— Kyle Bohannon (@k_bohannon2) May 27, 2018
The Splash Brothers back at it again 💦💦💦
— MARCUS JOSIAH (@AmDASHY) May 27, 2018
Eastern Conference Finals Game 7
Who are you picking for game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals?
— FanSided NBA (@FanSidedNBA) May 26, 2018
We all know this scenario in the NBA. Both Warriors and Cavs go down 3-2 in their series. Come back with a blowout in game 6 to tie. Both will win game 7 and face each other again. The NBA is a rigged league. Only if this outcome is different will I think differently.
— Bill Sanderson (@thewordmastr) May 27, 2018
If Cavs win tonight the NBA is rigged
— Kira (@kflaaaaaaa) May 27, 2018
In 3 hours:
Cavs win:”NBA is rigged for LeBron, won’t let him lose because if ratings”
Cavs lose: “MJ would have never lost to a team that didn’t have their 2 best players”
Haters gonna hate
— Ross Hart (@RHart25) May 28, 2018
Another Hockey Guy…
the nba is probably the most rigged sport out there imo
— maple syrup (@CanadianStud_) May 28, 2018
If Celtics loose the nba is rigged. I’m convinced
— Russell Jones Jr (@ballerruss) May 28, 2018
Bron the goat but the NBA IS RIGGED
— Scottie2Hotty (@Scottieondabird) May 28, 2018
I’m really convinced the NBA is rigged
— Clark ™🐐 (@aaightitsnut) May 28, 2018
Cavs beat Celtics 87-79
Win series 4-3!
LBJ w/ 35pts,15rebs,9asts
Green w/ 19pts,8rebs
TT w/ 10pts,9rebs
— CavsCentral216 (@cavscentral216) May 28, 2018
Cleveland wins the Eastern Conference Finals. LeBron James clinches his 8th straight Finals appearance.
Western Conference Finals Game 7
If the Warriors win the West, the NBA is rigged for max ratings.
— Packers #1 Fan™ (@ParkerMoes) May 28, 2018
The #Rockets lead 54-43 at halftime!
James Harden leads all scorers with 16 points!
Clint Capela and Eric Gordon have 14 points each!
— Space City Scoop (@SpaceCity_Scoop) May 29, 2018
If Golden State ends up winning this game the Houston fans screaming “the NBA is rigged” are going to have a legitimate beef.
— Rob Dauster (@RobDauster) May 29, 2018
— C Hall (@mr_c23h) May 29, 2018
I’ve always been skeptical of professional sports being rigged. However, watching this makes me believe the NBA is DYING for Cavs vs. Warriors IV
— TND (@ThunderND) May 29, 2018
— Randy McIlvoy (@KPRC2RandyMc) May 29, 2018
The NBA is so rigged it's not even debatable 😂
— Texas Sports & Polls (@TXSportsLife) May 29, 2018
I forgot the:
•the refs suck
— Gavin Robert Hill (@GavinRobertHill) May 29, 2018
NBA is rigged #Rockets
— Sagal (@5aga1_) May 29, 2018
NBA is rigged bro. Harden got robbed of 10 points, all the fouls and momentum went the warriors way, kd is a snake, GS can’t win without CP3 being hurt. Any warriors fan can get slept rn man.
— Adrian Aguilar (@adrizzy_51) May 29, 2018
101-92 Warriors win
— K17😜 (@KingCopiaco2003) May 29, 2018
NBA is rigged. Don’t @ me
— Donald (@Deestroying) May 29, 2018
Golden State wins the Western Conference Finals and advances to their 4th straight NBA finals.
The Aftermath: May 29th
Shun the non-believers (and it was 27 threes missed in a row btw.)
Everybody saying the NBA is rigged but the Warriors had more fouls called against them and the Rockets missed 24 3’s in a row….
— Immanuel Quickley (@IQ_GodSon) May 29, 2018
bruh stop saying the NBA is rigged. the rockets shot 7-44 from deep lmao that’s why they lost
— tay💫loko (@tayloko_) May 29, 2018
— Eric Gentry (@EricGentry1) May 29, 2018
I’m not an NBA is rigged guy, but the NBA is rigged
— Ryan Bender (@ryan_bender_) May 29, 2018
nba is rigged af
— cid (@distoclrnc) May 29, 2018
So the NBA is rigged and ……. uh…. yeah
— Chris (@KrispyChrisMelt) May 29, 2018
If the warriors don’t beat the cavs before game 7 I will officially be converted to a “NBA is rigged” guy.
— Jobe Arthur (@ArthurJobe) May 29, 2018
Warriors-Cavs in the finals again? NBA is rigged lol
— Nate Dogg (@natetheduer) May 29, 2018
NBA is rigged 💰
— Landyn Shows (@LandynShows__) May 29, 2018
The Nba is not rigged. The NBA can’t make both the rockets and the Celtics miss every three point shot. The better team/ GOAT won the series becuase they’ve been there before.
— Josh sarason (@JoshSarason) May 29, 2018
NBA the most rigged league there is imo. Pretty well known fact amongst sports bettors.
— Phalken Klaw (@phalkenklaw) May 30, 2018
With the impending Warriors-Cavs IV, I wonder: which way will the NBA tilt the scales this time around? Could they be setting up a potential tie-breaking 5th series in 2019? How will the NBA’s rigging of The Finals effect LeBron James’ off-season plans? Stay glued to these folks Twitter feeds to find out.