Full Disclosure: I'm a Spurs
fan, devastated at the game's outcome, of course. But putting that aside, it was VERY clear to me that both teams' athletes left everything on the floor last night. It's one of the finest NBA games I've ever watched. Just wish we'd'a won ...
That said, I am stunned at the refereeing ineptitude in that final play in OT (other plays, too, both ways). I've always believed that the best refereeing happens when it assures the game is about the players and about the game, not about them. Not so last night. Bosh clobbered Green across the 3-point line, and I figure it's the rare partisan observer who'd argue the point. Not calling that foul put the refereeing squarely front-and-center affecting the outcome. Had the foul been rightly called, the arena would have erupted in condemnation of the ref making the call -- no question. However, the outcome of the game would have hinged on the player (Green) going to the line to shoot three foul shots that would either tie the game (another OT) or he'd miss one or more and the game would go to Miami. The result would be specifically determined by the athletes involved, not as a result of a call or a bad no-call. It created a bitter taste and (if that's possible), reduced the credibility of NBA refs even more. From my observations, they're a joke parading around as impartial arbiters of the action (whether the calls or no-calls go for or against the Spurs ... it's still poor).
Final comment on NBA refs: some observers/talking heads have "excused" bad calls by refs by citing the "bang-bang" speed of the action. My observations of NFL refs shows "bang-bang" action each and every game, and guess what ... the video replays almost always validate the refs' calls on the field -- much unlike the NBA replays. Or, they say that the calls "even out" over the course of the game ... right ... Oh -- and no one is allowed to criticize NBA refs' consistent ineptitude ... or the NBA spanks them with fines. Now THERE's a credibility builder! Ultimately, the only value I see in the NBA's refs is refereeing fights on court and awarding technical fouls when someone laughs at their calls.
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