By Brian Robb, CBS Boston

BOSTON (CBS) – DeflateGate has been a hot button topic in all corners of the sports landscape in recent days and that trend continued during the NBA Playoffs on Friday night.

ESPN analysts Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson were on the call for Game 3 of the Bulls-Cavaliers second-round series, and the pair couldn’t help but get off topic to let off some steam about the Wells Report.

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Jackson set up Van Gundy for the rant, by comparing a video review of a Bulls foul to the NFL’s investigation of the Patriots and Tom Brady.

“This is almost like the NFL,” Jackson said of the officials reviewing the call. “More probable than not. Aaron Brooks is going to get a tech.”

From there, Van Gundy ripped the language used in the report that could very well lead to a suspension of Tom Brady, as well as additional fines against the organization.

“Don’t even get me started on that,” Van Gundy said after Jackson’s prodding. “That whole report should have been brought to, ‘we don’t know, we don’t know.’ More probable than not? What kind of garbage language is that to assassinate a guy’s character? Oh my goodness.”

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Van Gundy continued: “And then [the investigators] work for the league. They are paid by the league and they say it’s an independent investigation? My goodness.

Van Gundy hasn’t been the only defender of Tom Brady on the basketball landscape. Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge took to Twitter earlier this week to support the Pats quarterback.

Any penalty Roger Goodell hands out to Brady could be announced as soon as next week.

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Brian Robb covers the Celtics for CBS Boston and contributes to, among other media outlets. You can follow him on Twitter @CelticsHub.