Tim Donaghy Breaks Down Eastern Conference Finals Game 6

Posted by GinosJungle on May 30, 2010 at 5:59 PM



Prior to Friday night's Game 6 between the Magic and Celtics former NBA referee Tim Donaghy had not watched a full game of basketball in three years. He had kept his eye on the scoreboard and watched bits and pieces of games, but for the most part he tried to ignore watching the league he believes is "corrupt".


Prior to Game 6 Donaghy stated on his Facebook when responding to a question, "Orlando should get the golf clubs ready." This is not the only correct prediction he has made using his blueprint noted in the book, "Personal Foul". Although Tim does not promote gambling in any way he correctly predicted 14 out of 16 games that he picked in radio interviews across the country.


 In an interview on our podcast, The Celtics Late Night Show, Tim predicted that there would be no way the NBA would allow the Celtics-Magic series to be extended to seven games. He mentioned how badly the NBA needed a Boston-L.A Finals and extending that series to seven games would be too risky considering that the Magic could overcome the officiating because of how dominant their offense could be.


In an attempt to provide insight on the topics he discusses daily he decided to keep a running log of questionable calls made during Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Tim has kindly allowed us to use this break down on Gino's Jungle.


Here is his breakdown of the game:

1st Quarter Break Down


11:23 Foul on Allen missed, Carter clearly fouled going up toward the basket.

9:23 Hand check foul called on Nelson, Pierce throws elbow into him and fools the referee into calling the foul on Nelson.

8:44 Cheap foul called on Lewis when Rondo drives in for a lay-up

8:27 Carter fouled; need to be consistent with the foul given to Rondo at the other end of the floor on the previous play. Carter deserves 2 shots they deserve the benefit of the same type of call at both ends.

8:09 They let Garnett elbow Howard 2x before calling the offense foul on him. Why was the first one let go?

5:11 Foul missed on Davis pushing Nelson as he drives through the lane, Nelson pushed and turns ball over.

4:41 Terrible call, Davis does not go into and through defender Lewis; he just makes a move and turns with the ball. Referee Callahan looking right at the play and passes on calling it, the outside official makes this call and is out of position with a bad angle.

3:17 Offensive foul missed on Howard, he pushes off the defender.

3:12 Foul missed as Rondo goes to the hoop on the fast break.

2:22 Foul called on Nelson. Allen and Nelson bump into each other, strange call.


2nd Quarter Break Down


8:58 Travel missed on Howard, then an offensive foul is called which sends him to the bench with 2 fouls. This is important because he is pulled out of the game. Again advantage Boston 8:01 Nelson travels prior to dribble, switches pivot foot prior to dribble, very obvious.

6:34 This is not a flagrant foul – this is not unnecessary contact, the rule states it has to be unnecessary and/or excessive contact, this clearly does not fit that.

4:22 WOW, this is the 3rd foul on Howard, NOT A FOUL. Robinson out of control going to the basket. He has 3 fouls and 2 of them are wrong.

3:19 Pierce fouled going to the basket, this foul is most likely let go because Boston is up 15 points, as the score separates the referees start to favor the team that is down.

12.6 Where is the foul, again the referees start to look at the score and favor the team that is down. Carter goes to the foul line.

Boston clearly is getting the benefit of the calls in the first half.


3rd Quarter Break Down


6:00 Travel called on Rondo, if Boston is not up 20 this is ignored. L. James (Cleveland) takes 2 more steps than this and it is never called.

4:38 Goaltending is missed; you can’t take the ball off the glass. Garnett’s block was illegal.

1:42 Cheap foul called on Allen, this is a foul called based on the score being a 22 point spread. This had no effect on the play. If the game was within 10 points this would not be called.


4th Quarter Break Down


7:39 Foul on Garnett, cheap foul based on the score. 85-65

6:03 Announcer Mike Brean makes a comment that there is plenty of time left for a come-back, anything to keep the fans tuned in.


To discuss this break down with Tim visit the discussion board on his Facebook page. If you have any question for Tim outside of this break down, he responds to questions in a timely manner on his Facebook page.

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Reply GreenBanner18
12:57 PM on May 31, 2010 
Obviously I couldnt watch the game.. But going from one step to the next my question is how is the advantage Boston with what he is writing? In the first 2 quarters from what he has written down it is Orlando that has more advtanges..
Reply GreenBanner18
12:58 PM on May 31, 2010 
I think he was digging for gold in this game but came up empty handed...