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Sports-and-Recreation Key Playoff Trends: Rough Play, Poor Officiating 5/16/2009 Author: Brian Stankich U. S. Sports Media, Inc As entertaining as the playoffs have been, wins and losses have been impacted by poor officiating, rough play, and injuries to key players. POOR OFFICIATING As I type this, Dwight Howard was shoved by Kendrick Perkins with no foul call. It is characteristic of poor officiating throughout the playoffs. In my opinion, the referees have missed 5-6 key calls in the games that I have watched. Maybe the NBA would admit as much, as they did with the Antoine Wright buzzer no-call against Carmelo Anthony, but the league office needs to come clean that they have a serious problem on their hands. Alert: the officials just blew another call, allowing Paul Pierce to lean into Dwight Howard to draw a foul with no impact. Is the NBA against the Defensive Player of the Year and First Team All-NBA center or pro-Boston? League agendas affect the way a game is called. The referees, via the centralized and powerful NBA office (alert: Rajon Rondo takes three steps with no call) determine how they want to call the game beforehand. Lets call it tight because this series is physical. Let them play because this is a crucial game in the series and we dont want to determine the outcome with our whistles. Thats a bunch of rubbish. Call a foul – a foul. When three steps are taken, call traveling. Forget make-up calls. Have no agenda but upholding the rulebook and being fair to both teams, rather than favoring the Bostons and LAs of the league. The players are clearly frustrated. They act as if they dont know the shades of difference between a flagrant 1 foul (unnecessary hard contact) and a flagrant 2 foul (intent to harm). The coaches are clearly frustrated. Their only in-game recourse is to yell at the referees. The referees have resorted to special meetings with the coaches, telling them to stop yelling so much. ROUGH PLAY Is it any coincidence that poor officiating leads to rough play? During the playoffs, NBA basketball naturally becomes more physical. When the refs are not on top of their game physical play deteriorates into street ball. Being an NBA official is a tough job and they get 90% of the calls right. Unfortunately, the 10% of the calls they miss, informed by misguided league agendas, turns a world class game into a street fight. The number of flagrant fouls called this postseason is unprecedented. The NBA needs to play it straight, uphold the rulebook, and let the players and coaches determine the outcome of games. INJURIES TO KEY PLAYERS We have heard time and again how much the Celtics miss team leader Kevin Garnett whose absence meant the Celtics had a rough seven game series against Chicago and a difficult series against Orlando. Consider these other injuries that have had a major affect on the playoff landscape: Yao Ming (Houston) The Rockets were looking like Laker beaters until Yaos broken foot. Weve seen this story before. Sorry, Houston fans. And remember Tracy McGrady? Lual Deng (Chicago Bulls) Deng, arguably the Bulls best player, no doubt would have turned the Boston series in favor of the Bulls, had he played at all. Jameer Nelson (Orlando Magic) Jameers All-Star performance propelled the Magic into Big Four status this season. His season ending injury altered the Magic course negatively. Andrew Bynum (Los Angeles) Bynums late season injury affected Laker chemistry. Although he has participated in the playoffs, his play has been inconsistent. Manu Ginobili (San Antonio) Manus late season injury prevented the Spurs from typical playoff viability. Source:, U. S. Sports Media, Inc About the Author: 相关的主题文章: