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Thunder-Grizzlies (Game 6): Too many ticky-tack calls makes game almost unwatchable

Last night’s Oklahoma City-Memphis game was painful to watch from an officiating perspective, with lots of ticky-tack fouls called against both teams. Even the announcers mentioned how the game had no flow because of it.

If you’re a Grizzlies fan, fortunately you can say your team won without the benefit of bad ref calls against Oklahoma City. We documented most of the bad calls in the video below (with a breakdown in text below the video), and the bad calls seemed to go both ways, with ref Marc Davis being the worst ref of the bunch.

Here’s a breakdown of the calls/no-calls in the video, including some tough good calls where you have to give the refs credit.

  • An unnecessary charging call by ref Scott Foster (#48) on Kevin Durant
  • A good charging call from ref Scott Foster against Marc Gasol
  • A flop by Thabo Sefolosha. Good no-call by Scott Foster
  • A bad call from ref Marc Davis (#8) against James Harden that should have been let go
  • A good no-call from ref Ron Garretson (#10) when many refs would have called a charge or block
  • A bad charging call from Ron Garretson on Tony Allen. Should have been a block on James Harden
  • A ticky-tack foul from ref Marc Davis on Nick Collison involving a flop by Zach Randolph
  • A ticky-tack foul from ref Marc Davis on Shane Battier involving Russell Westbrook
  • A ticky-tack foul from ref Marc Davis on Kendrick Perkins involving Zach Randolph
  • A ticky-tack foul from ref Scott Foster on O.J. Mayo involving Russell Westbrook
  • A bad shooting foul from ref Scott Foster on Tony Allen involving Kevin Durant
  • A good call from ref Marc Davis on Darrell Arthur for charging into Nick Collison
  • A good call from ref Scott Foster on Zach Randolph for fouling Kendrick Perkins
  • Pessimism

    “Charging” calls are getting way out of hand. I disagree with the assessment that Gasol was correctly called for a charge. Harden’s heels were on the circle, and Gasol was jumping away from him. Very weak defensive play by Harden.

    Scott Foster’s foul call on Tony Allen was one of the top ten worst of the year.

    • RefCalls-TopFlops staff

      Actually, Harden’s heels were raised above the circle, which we’ve heard some announcers in the past say isn’t allowed, but when we tried to find that provision language in the official rulebook, it’s not there.  So we have to refer to the “bible” (the rulebook) for our interpretations and not on hearsay.  This is yet another example of a misconception that is perpetuated among announcers, and maybe refs, and when looking for confirmation in the official rules, it’s not there.  Just another thing the league needs to resolve.  There are so many other misconceptions the league needs to resolve in the rulebook that we’ve discovered looking up things over and over, it’s almost a joke.

  • JoeDeRosa

    Disagree with your assesment on the Arthur charge.  Arthur was already in the are BEFORE Collison established position.  That’s either a block or a no call.

    Also if the argument is that Randolph hit Perkin’s hand, then the hand is part of ball so that reach in on Randolph should be a no call. 

    And the Foster foul call is one of the most disgustingly awful calls ever.  Compares to a Heat-Pistons playoff game a few years ago where the ref runs into the Heat player but called the foul on Billups.

    • RefCalls-TopFlops staff

      There are different interpretations of “established,” but following the rulebook, it definitely doesn’t mean the defenders’ feet need to be “set,” which the announcers would make viewers believe.  The defender can still be moving a bit based on the rulebook language.  We did a big write-up of the misconception of the block-charge calls in that blog post last week starting out with the word “Misconceptions…” where we discuss the parts of the rulebook where it allows some movement by the defender.  Much of it is relative, but from viewing hundreds of calls like these, this is one of the better ones where a defender’s body is pretty much established, and his right leg may be moving just slightly, but that’s okay according to the real rules (not what announcers espouse incorrectly.  We think requiring the defender to be completely established where he is just waiting there for a second or more would give way too much of an advantage of the offensive players.

      Foster’s call was one of the worst we’ve seen in the playoffs this season, if not the entire season.

      • JoeDeRosa

         I agree you don’t need to be completely set.  However, this was an incorrect call on two fronts. 
        One, he wasn’t established until after Arthur was in the air (I’m not even referring to his foot). His entire body is still sliding across.  If Arthur had just dribbled into Collison it would have been a clear charge, but since he was already in the air, and therefore in his shooting motions, it should have been a charge.
        And second, looking at it a second time, as Collison is sliding over, his foot is still in the restricted area and only comes out after Arthur is in the air.  So even if he had been in an established position prior to the takeoff, his foot being in the restricted area negates that.  Should have been a block or no call.
        Granted it’s a bang-bang play so going full speed it’s hard for a ref to judge, but it seems Collison’s reputation of taking charges benefited him this time.

        • RefCalls-TopFlops staff

           We don’t see his “body” sliding, just his right foot.  Since the trunk of Collison’s body is fairly established as well as the left foot and the side of his body that Arthur would have had to go “through” for the dunk anyway even if Collison’s right foot was sliding (which it was, but is allowed), that’s the most important part.  But like you said, it’s a bang-bang play and one of the hardest ref calls to make in basketball.

          The overhead angle doesn’t show any of Collison’s feet in the restricted area when Arthur launches himself with his left foot.  That’s the most important foot to look at since the step Arthur took before then (even though we can’t see where Collison’s feet were at that time) wasn’t clear if it was part of his shooting motion yet and could have been a pass-off.