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2-of-4 playoff games free of bad, impactful calls Saturday. Funny moment in one of them, though

Two of the four playoff games today didn’t really have any controversial calls that affected the outcome of the game, so there’s really nothing to report there. Those games were Atlanta at Orlando, and Portland at Dallas.

Unfortunately, Indiana at Chicago and Philadelphia at Miami had a couple of controversial calls (or no-calls) at the end of their games, which you can read about here and here, respectively.

Speaking of the 76er-Heat game…on the lighter side, here’s something you probably have never seen: a ref showing compassion to an NBA player.

Thaddeus Young was working his butt off in the 76er-Heat game, huffing-and-puffing running around the court. It looks like in the video below he was telling referee Bill Spooner (#22) that he was exhausted, and the ref looks like he tried to show some sympathy toward Young by giving him a pat on the back — literally!

We don’t have a problem with a ref showing a human side. Players do that often with refs, and it happens occasionally the other way around. This is a unique display of it, though. Again, not a problem to us and we’re not making fun of it. But we do chuckle at what Spooner does with his hands after touching his back. I guess he was surprised how sweaty Thaddeus was!

Hopefully Spooner will catch a break from the press on this, especially since he’s the same ref suing a sportswriter for defamation. Don’t mess with Spooner!

  • Djbj007

    The Portland/Dallas game was free of bad calls? At least a couple of these are pretty bad http://www.youtube.com/watchv=NORVvbkn0MM&feature=player_embedded

    • RefCalls staff

      We never said that. We said in the piece, “didn’t really have any controversial calls that affected the outcome of the game.” We’ve watched the game twice and there were bad calls (always are) earlier in the game. We just mean there were no bad calls/no-calls late in the game that would have changed the winner from Portland to Dallas.

      We’re actually writing a piece right now that we’ll post tomorrow about the fouls in that game. Here’s the most important excerpt (sneak peek):

      The Blazers had the lead in the 4th quarter, but Dallas took the lead 75-74 on a 3-pointer from Nowitzki with 3:40 remaining, and extended the lead with another jump shot from Dirk.

      Probably the most important foul that was called against Portland was at the 1:30 mark when Andre Miller clearly fouled Jason Terry on a drive to the basket, sending Terry to the line to extend the lead to 82-78. Brandon Roy missed a free throw after an away-from-the-play foul was called against Marion, which was a phantom foul.

      Batum then missed a jumper and the Blazers lost possession of the rebound during a scrum. Then Jason Kidd hit a 3-pointer, and that was the ballgame. When the chips were down in crunch time with Portland still leading, Dallas made their shots, and Portland didn’t.