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Refs for Game 3

Discussion in 'Boston Celtics Fan Forum' started by SVN, Jun 10, 2008.

  1. SVN

    SVN Hall of Fame Poster

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  2. BradyManny

    BradyManny Pro Bowl Player

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    The one thing I'd say is that NBA refs are consistently bad. They consistently favor the stars and they consistently favor the home team. They consistently make terrible calls, call too many fouls, call the wrong fouls, make the wrong calls re: blocking and charging calls, etc., etc. In fact, NBA refs are so consistently bad that you can count on it likely not really having an affect on the outcome of the game. Same applies for tonite, the team that plays better and is more aggressive will win, regardless of how many calls these guys blow.

    IMO, it isn't like the NFL where a bad call here or there in an otherwise well ref'd game can determine the course of the game, in the NBA, referees sucking is such a constant that its not as often a variable in determining the victor.
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  3. dhamz

    dhamz In the Starting Line-Up

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    Actually, Joey Crawford is consistently the most pro-road team official in any sport. He is a wanna be tough guy who takes personal pride in calling fouls on the home team and getting the whole arena against him. Not sure how that is LA friendly.
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    Oh great, Salvatore.

  5. Patti37

    Patti37 Third String But Playing on Special Teams

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    There is a list of most pro home refs and Joey Crawford wasn't at the top. I was trying to find the list...but I did find this exerpt from a Bill Simmons 2006 articles in ESPN that I thought was interesting...

    2. Bennett Salvatore -- Always one of the worst, he took it to another level this season. If you see him on the court at the start of the game, get ready for about six technicals, two near-brawls and both coaches having to be restrained by their assistants at various times."

    Why is this relevant? Not only did Salvatore officiate Game 4 of the Suns-Lakers series (the one where Kobe tied it at the end of regulation and won it at the end of OT on two shaky non-calls on Nash, both by Salvatore), not only did Salvatore officiate Sunday night's Game 5 (in which Miami had a 40-12 free-throw advantage at one point), but Salvatore called the foul on Wade's final drive in overtime (remember, the call where ABC couldn't find a replay to show that anyone touched him?) even though he was standing at midcourt a full 35-40 feet from the play, and even though two other refs were closer to the play. Not only was that NOT his call, he butchered it.

    Considering I brought this up LAST spring, do you find any of this a little strange? Why aren't the best referees calling these games? Why do the worst ones always seem to get assigned to games in which it would be better for the league if the home team won? Why am I the only one who notices this stuff or seems to care? Why do I find myself watching these games and concentrating more on the one-sided officiating than some of Wade's spectacular plays? As my buddy House e-mailed on Monday morning: "I don't think I can take much more of NBA refs insisting on controlling the outcomes of the most significant games. The NBA is a disgrace and should be completely embarrassed. I hate this game."

    And that's coming from one of the last 19 NBA diehards -- I can only imagine what the casual fans thought after watching such a one-sided travesty. Look, we all love Dwyane Wade. He's fantastic. But there's absolutely no scenario in which a 2-guard should be attempting as many free throws as everyone on the other team. It's absolutely unfathomable. And here's what really kills me: If there's a Game 7, you KNOW they'll come up with the best possible officials for that particular game. So why wouldn't every Finals game work like that? We have seven possible games spread over 17 days ... they couldn't pick the best three or four refs and have them work every game, like how MLB picks the best seven umps to comprise the World Series crew? Why wouldn't that work? Is there a single reason you can come up with? Arrrrrrrrgh.

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