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Celtics-Heat (Game 1): Some of the worst calls we’ve seen in a single game these playoffs

Although there were two playoff games on Sunday (Memphis-Oklahoma City, and Boston-Miami), the latter game was much more eventful from a ref call perspective, so we’ll feature several bad calls and mistakes from Celtics-Heat. There were 2 or 3 calls that just left you wondering, “What were they thinking?”

We’ve left much of the commentary from analysts Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson in the video below unedited so you can hear their analysis of the rules and how they should be enforced in these situations, with which we agree wholeheartedly.

The first call featured involving Delonte West hanging on the rim wasn’t that big of a deal, but it was still a mistake in how the refs interpreted it, we believe. But the other calls/no-calls were astounding. Check it out below…

  • Ross60622

    this is one of the more biased pieces i’ve seen you guys do (although i just started following the site). are you all celtics fans? at least disclose that when making your introductions. picking out the two or three situations where technicals were called in isolation — apart from the context and the multiple other scrums occurring at or around the moments of the calls — is a pretty amateur effort. and outsourcing the commentary to mike wilbon and co — because there’s nothing in the rules that support your subjective “we think these technicals were undeserved” position — is a pretty transparent effort to gain some support for your views where none exists in league guidelines.

    • RefCalls-TopFlops staff

      We have written over, and over, and over, throughout the site (including on our “About” page) how there is not enough time to go through all the violations, and have posted in other videos how we’re not picking out one team or players, but I guess you haven’t bothered to look at those.

      To reiterate for people who provide comments before doing an ounce of research, this is a volunteer site where we make it clear we are not picking sides, but examining how referees react to certain situations that occur before them. If people like yourself feel strongly they want to contribute where they think violations occurred, you’re welcome to do that in the RefCalls forums at http://refcalls.com/forums, but something tells us if you won’t even read our About page, you won’t be doing that.

      And anyone following basketball or any sport knows that the rulebook doesn’t specify what words a player needs to utter to deserve a technical, and never will. That would be preposterous. It’s a subjective decision that requires context no one really has other than former players and coaches have, like Van Gundy, Mark Jackson, and Jon Barry. That’s why we included their comments in the video.

      • GrImmz4764

        Funny how everyone thinks you’re biased against their team. I remember in the first round, people accused you of being New Yorkers because you pointed out the bad calls that favored the celtics. I guess everyone being equally mad means you’re being impartial lol.

      • GrImmz4764

        Funny how everyone thinks you’re biased against their team. I remember in the first round, people accused you of being New Yorkers because you pointed out the bad calls that favored the celtics. I guess everyone being equally mad means you’re being impartial lol.

    • JumboJet

      I’m not at all surprised that these calls were referenced since those calls were very much ballyhooed after the game all over the web.

      As for your subjective opinion of their “subjective opinion on the legitimacy of those techs”….where in the rule book does it say you can’t swear at another player? Jaw at another player? I really want to know, because if that’s the case the ref’s should really be T’ing up KG every game and frankly I’d really enjoy that.

  • Bob

    I am hoping the refs will review the calls made in the game and after watching the tape will agree (1) James Jones flopped when bumped by Jermaine O’neal (2) James Jones did indeed flagrant fouled Paul Pierce (3) Paul Pierce’s 2nd technical was a bad call, as it was a legal screen that Wade tried to run through, thus all the contact. I am predicting James Jones won’t get away with much in Game 2.

  • Pessimism

    The refs were their typical putrid selves on Sunday. However, this game reminded me of another thing I’d like to see less of: flamboyant refereeing.

    When Dan Crawford calls Jermaine O’neal for a flagrant foul on James Jones, he does so by pointing and gesticulating wildly. This kind of behavior is completely unnecessary. (This is, admittedly, a mild example. It doesn’t help that Crawford was doubly foolish in making the call in the first place.)

    In addition to having accurately and fairly called games, the NBA could benefit from a more stoic approach to officiating. When refs become physically and emotionally demonstrative while making calls, they make themselves cheerleaders. There’s no need for them to be overly expressive as they often are, getting a running to start to hop on one leg for several steps and then punching the air while screaming “And ONNNE!!!!”, for instance.

    I’m not saying refs should be completely robotic. I’m saying they should be more robotic than they are. They’re acting too much like Leslie Nielsen as the baseball umpire in Naked Gun.

  • http://alchemytoday.com alchemytoday

    To the extent that Jones could’ve been called for a flagrant foul against Pierce, there was a very similar non-call on a fast break going the other way. The “correct” call, in your opinion, would’ve been a flagrant one on Jones and a technical foul on Pierce. This would’ve resulted in two dead-ball shots for Boston, one shot for Miami, and Miami getting the ball, which would’ve been more favorable for Miami than what happened (two shots for Boston).