NBA Finals Game 5 Officiating Grade

Posted by GreenBanner18 on June 14, 2010 at 1:48 AM





In the first couple games of this series, as was very obvious to many people, the officiating was horrible. There were way too many fouls being called, and they were being called on an extremely inconsistent basis. As the games have progressed, however, much more is being let go. Finally we are getting to see these two teams play against each other instead of every little contact being called for a foul.


In Game 5 I felt the refs did a good job. There is, has, and will always be questionable calls that come with such a fast paced game. As Brandon and I sit here trying to think of a "bad call" that took place in this game, it took a good 30 seconds to even think of a call that may have been questionable. The call that came up was the charge on Rondo when they said he extended his arm.. Even that was debatable and probably should have just been a no call. In games 1, 2, and 3, we could have ripped off about 10 bad calls in that same 30 second time period.


So clearly the officiating is getting to the consistency we as fans would like to see it as. Heck, if you want to say I am only saying this because we won, look at the FT differential - The Lakers shot twice as many freebies as the C's (26-13). I felt that was appropriate and never really found myself saying "YOU HAFTA CALL THAT!!!"


I won't thank the NBA yet, because the series isn't over with. We could see a complete debacle in Game 6, but for now, I like what I am seeing and can only hope the good work remains.


Also.. As I look for pictures to put with this post, I can't even find a picture with a ref in it.. The same could not be said after the first 3 games of this series..


(Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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Reply markmannnx
4:22 AM on June 15, 2010 
There were a lot more questionable calls than you noticed. First, the two phantom three-free throw calls for Kobe at the end of the game and Fisher at the end of the half. No contact resulted in ^ points! Then the jump where Fisher supposedly outjumped Garnett. That only happened because he tipped it on the way up! A Junior Hish School ref could have called that. The ball must have reached its apex before it can be tipped. How about Rondo getting tossed to the ground by Odom after his tip-in? 13 free throws in the whole game for Boston and 26 for the Lakers? C'mon guys
Reply GreenBanner18
8:29 PM on June 15, 2010 
I agree with the Fisher foul.. But Fisher is a flopper and gets away with it.. The 3 point foul on Kobe at the end of the game was very clear that Ray fouled him.. As for the other stuff, you were only looking the Celtics way because the C's got away with some stuff as well. The refs aren't perfect hence the grade of a B not an A+.. All I am saying is compared to games 1-3 the officiating was very good.. This is coming from C's fans who are extremely biased .. The 13-26 ft differential wasn't as bad as it looks on paper (sometimes it is, though).