There are many a basketball metaphor (for examle: having your ankles broken means you you got crossed over by a very good dribbling move, usually ending with you tripping and/or falling). Another good example is having your face stepped on. Now that normally applies to getting dunked on by someone that can jump unusually high, as in high enough to step on your face (or you're just that short). In this case... having a face "stepped on" wasn't a mere metaphor. Miami Heat forward, Mike Miller actually got his face stepped on during last nights game 1 of the NBA Finals. Of course, it was an accident, but these things can happen in professional sports... especially when you dive to the ground. All that work, pain and suffering and the Heat still lost.