We are working hard on reporting some of the worst and best ref calls from today’s (Sunday) playoff action. Here’s a report from the first game of the series: Game 1 of Grizzlies-Spurs.
There weren’t any controversial calls or no-calls that had a major impact on the outcome of this game. However, there were a couple of flops worth noting that our sister site TopFlops.com has reported.
On the first flop in the 2nd quarter, Bonner appeared to get hit in the face as he was shooting, then put his hand over his right eye as he crumpled to the floor in what looked like major pain.
But when Bonner got up, somehow magically he was fine, not even having to TOUCH his face after such a ‘painful’ blow. I think most people would have continued to at least touch their wound getting up after such trauma to the face. He probably did get touched in the face slightly for a legitimate foul, but c’mon Bonner, you have to sell it all the way after getting up until you shoot your free throws!
On the second play featured in the video, Bonner threw himself out of bounds after getting slightly touched, if at all, but referee Dan Crawford (#23) actually rewarded him with two free throwss.
This bad call didn’t hurt Memphis because they ultimately won thanks to a Shane Battier 3-pointer near the end of the game, but Bonner’s two free throws after this flop did make the game closer than it should have been.
Props go to analyst Kevin McHale who made fun of Bonner’s flop after the play.
More coverage from Sunday’s other playoff games is coming, so stay tuned.