Anyone who knows me knows that I am not a big fan of the NBA's officials. I've watched too many Heat and Lakers games where those teams get special treatment. I've seen too many stars allowed to get away with things and too many rookies called for phantom fouls. I've seen many make up calls, complete incompetence, favoritism, and ego.
The above video is an example of just a terrible call. KG runs past Chalmers and lifts his elbow up to clear Chalmers' head as he runs past. Clearly no contact was made but Chalmers jerks his head back and KG was called for the foul. It will be interesting to see if Chalmers gets a warning for flopping. Even though he didn't fall down, he exaggerated jerking his head without contact in order draw the foul and that should be considered flopping.
I really wish I could trust the refs. Every year I start out in hopes that it will be different. They have a new VP of Referee Operations this season, a former player, and I was once again hoping to see some fair and unbiased officiating. But watching Wade push off and hook every time he drove with no fouls called dashed those hopes very quickly.
One thing I know for sure, if it's like most years, the Celtics won't get much love from the referees. It will be frustrating for the players if, like in Tuesday's game they get fouled time and again with no calls while they get called for phantom and ticky tack fouls. They have to learn to play through poor officiating and get the last laugh by winning the game.
1. The Wade hook on Rondo, and Rondo gets the technical foul. 2. The no-call on Paul Pierce's drive in the 4th quarter. 3. The phantom foul on LeBron James acting job in the first quarter. 4. They seem to have a loose whistle with Courtney Lee, although he is playing straight up, honest defense.
I'm not making excuses, but it did look like the calls were going Miami's way that night. Hope our boys can bounce back.