Preseason Game 1 NBA Ref Grade - D+

Posted by GreenBanner18 on October 8, 2009 at 12:40 AM

I gotta give them a little credit. I wouldn't want to give up on them too early in the season. That is the only thing holding me back from giving them an F.

One number wraps up this game for the referees. 102.

One-Hundred-Two ------ The total number of free throws taken in this game.

I would believe that number to be possible if this were a game versus Lebron or Kobe, but it wasn't. That number is insane. There were plenty of weak whistles, and floundering around by both squads. The problem... the new refs believed it all. Due to this game I can not judge every new ref, though. Looking through the box scores the other free throw totals appear to be more realistic. This game was a completely different story.

Refs Highlights for the night-  (Few and far betweeen)

1) Good call on the offensive foul agaisnt the man Glen Davis was defending. The player with the ball pushed off with his elbow, but usually you expect it to go on the defense either way.

2) Palming violation. Not too often you see this called, but it was an obvious one on Houston.

Refs Lowlights for the night-

Ray Allens tap in the face of his defender who over reacted...Houston Rockets defender barely nudged Rondo (let them play)... Perkins block-- The guy only landed awkwardly...Clean Block Shelden Williams had... With many more that I probably missed.

Overall the calls went poorly both ways. They were extremely quick to blow the whistle and sometimes anticipated contact when there wasn't any. Sure, probably some of it was because its the first game and players are slow to move their feet. You can't convince me that is the only reason to have 102 foul shots, though. Lets hope this game was a fluke and these refs will step it up a little come regular season.

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Reply B-PAUL
1:29 AM on October 8, 2009 
I think you held back a little too much on this post :). Yeah the refs were terrible tho, it is probably their first game so they want to make sure they don't miss anything. Orrrr, maybe this is how the league told them to ref the games. I'm really hoping it isn't but, you never know.