After reading comments from both Celtics fans and Hawks fans after game 5, I started wondering if we were watching the same game. It seems that fans of both teams thought that the refs were helping the other team.
First, here are some thoughts from Hawks fans:
We got fouled SO many times and didn't have it called...They have to foul us because we are so much more athletic than them.
Yeah. I remember a few BS charges as well as the laughable lane violation and moving screen.
That 2nd foul call on JJ was horrible. It was a 100% flop by Poe.
i think that 90% of the fouls called could have been called better by a mentally retarded beaver thats been on too much pcp
That was a horrible call indeed. Ill rarely say this but the calls have decidedly gone bostons way tonight
Yeah, as soon as it was announced that Joe Forte, and Dick Bavetta were two of the officials; I knew the calls were going to totally favor the Celtics. It's like David Stern specifically called the officials he could count on to officiate the game more one sided.
Honestly i think someone should investigate the shady refs and stern for that matter. i think its all apart of his diabolical plan to "Give" Boston the championship.
They definitely got all the calls from the refs tonight.
It definitely seems as though the game was called one way in favor of the Celtics. From reading these comments, it doesn't seem like the Celtics even got one foul called against them.
But then, here are some comments from Celtics fans:
The Celtics are capable of such a high level of basketball, that despite the best effort of the officials to give lowly Atlanta a boost, the Celtics still rolled over them.
The refs called a very tight game when the C's were on defense, and a very loose one when the Hawks were defending. Free throws accounted for 29.4% of Atlanta's point production.
I've come to the conclusion that NBA officials must have put a significant amount of money on the Atlanta Hawks.
Even in a Celtics’ victory, the officiating was so excruciatingly bad that the game was hard to watch.
I’m tired of watching Rondo get knocked to the floor and Pierce get elbowed out of bounds on one side of the floor with no call, then seeing the Celtics get called for minimal contact on the other side of the floor.
I hate to keep picking on the Refs, but it has seemed that in these last 3 games they have been trying to get Boston to not be so intense and they feel the Hawks should get the benefit of the doubt.
That Phantom call on Pierce was nothing more than "I will show you who is in control" by the Refs. Also the Refs botched at least two Offensive calls and instead gave PP the Defensive fouls. I am really in favor of a fine for Refs who blow calls like those.
The refs seemed to call every touch foul on the Celtics while letting the Hawks hack, grab and shove with nothing callled. those two blocking fouls on pierce were horrible. He was clearly set and out of the circle. terrible job by the refs.
The refs did everything they could to help the Hawks win and the Celtics still blew them out. Just think if the refs had been fair. We woulda beat them by 40.
After reading these comments you would think that the refs didn't call a single foul on the Hawks while fouling out every Celtic.
I think the truth lies somewhere between these two views. Celtics fans watch the game through green colored glasses and the Hawks fans watch through red colored glasses. In truth, the refs are just bad. They make terrible calls and non calls on both teams. Celtics fans just seen the ones on the Celtics and Hawks fans just see the ones on the Hawks. But, in reality, they are blowing calls on both teams. There is one thing that can't be refuted, though, and that is the fact that in this series so far, the Hawks have taken 45 more free throws than the Celtics (155 to 110). The Celtics have also been called for 21 more personal fouls than the Hawks. While both sides saw the game called against them, and the refs are blowing calls on both sides, the numbers seem to back up the Celtics fans point of view.