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Heat-Bulls (Game 2): Plenty of calls to review from the 2nd half

There are plenty of calls to review from last night’s Miami-Chicago playoff game. There were so many, we just focused on select calls from the second half.

In the video above are the following clips:

  • Ref Monty McCutchen calls a phantom foul on Carlos Boozer involving LeBron James, when McCutchen had a worse angle on the play than the ref who was right next to the play and didn’t call anything!
  • Ref Monty McCutchen makes the correct out-of-bounds call off Derrick Rose while idiot fans viciously taunt him telling him he’s wrong.
  • Omar Asik does a nice sell/flop job to get a foul called against Mike Bibby
  • Omar Asik flops again to get a ticky-tack foul call from ref Monty McCutchen against Mike Miller
  • Ref Derrick Stafford incorrectly calls the ball off Dwyane Wade when it clearly went off Omar Asik
  • All three refs miss Taj Gibson holding on to the rim while the ball was in the cylinder. Should have been goaltending/basket interference
  • Ref Derrick Stafford correctly calls a travel on LeBron James, which is rare since many refs will miss this call
  • Noumpong

     Really reaching on the foul calls on Asik, they were both fouls, who cares why the ref called them. Although I too would love to see the players get penalized for flopping. There were 4-5 five blatantly bad calls against the Bulls in the first half. I smell a Heat fan. Taj shouldnt have had his dunk waived off and he should have shot two free throws instead, foul on Wade. Lebron had 3 or 4 tick tack fouls go his way. 

    • RefCalls-TopFlops staff

       We point out in the first call between Bibby-Asik that the foul call on Bibby was legit — we just like to point out good acting jobs as a marker to put on our sister site, TopFlops.com.  Regarding first half calls, feel free to cite them in the RefCalls.com/forums.  We are a small group of volunteers, so we can’t capture everything (as we state all over our site).  We make that pretty clear on our site.

      We crack up when we read statements like “We smell a Heat fan” when the calls we cite in our videos cite calls against both teams.  Dumb.  And Taj Gibson didn’t have his dunk waved off (if you’re talking about the one where he hung on to the rim).  That’s why we cited it.

      • JumboJet

        Does the basket interference overrule the fact that he was hanging on the rim to protect the players around him?  I would think the NBA would err on the side of protecting players than forcing them to get off the rim.

        • Anonymous

          I think it’s a tricky call.  Gibson was hanging on the rim because firstly he thought he had dunked it and would have if he hadn’t been fouled, and second that it seemed unsafe to let go and have his body fly into the other people under the rim.  It happened so fast I’m not surprised they let it go.

          • BBall Fan

            Like the staff guy here says, for a goal-tending call, it doesn’t matter WHY Gibson was hanging on the rim.

            The “I was hanging onto the rim to protect other players” only comes into play when the refs are deciding whether or not to call a technical foul on you for taunting. 

          • Anonymous

            Yeah but I think it was the ref’s “make up call” for not calling a foul on the dunk itself like they should have.

            They seem to love having a bad call make up for another badcall

        • RefCalls-TopFlops staff

          He probably shouldn’t have grabbed on to the rim in the first place. The ball was blocked before he got to the rim, and the rim isn’t there for players to use as a crutch to protect themselves in any situation.  The rim can be hung onto if you are dunking it and people are below you that could hurt your fall.  If you happen to miss the dunk while hanging on to the rim, and the ball goes in, then it should be basket interference.  We’ve seen that called lots of times in other games, but for some reason the refs blew this one.

      • unrealofficiating

        During the second quarter the referees called 9 out of a game total 25 fouls against the Chicago Bulls, including 4 fouls within the first minute. Furthermore, 3 of those fouls were team fouls which forced the Bulls to change their aggressive style of play on the defensive end of the ball. Two of those fouls came within the first 20 seconds against C.J. Watson and they were highly questionable. Additionally in this quarter the Miami Heat attempted nearly half of all the free-throws that they attempted all game (10-24). The referees completely halted the momentum that Chicago was carrying over from the first quarter and drastically changed the complexion of the entire game in one poor quarter of officiating.

  • James

    For the first call on Lebron wasn’t it that boozer pushed him in the back? I remember the commentators saying he was pushed and that would explain why that ref called it?

  • Anonymous

    You guys need to feature the flurry of fouls that went against Chicago
    and Bogans in particular at the beginning of the second quarter.  Those
    were absolutely terrible calls that even the announcers were ripping on
    the refs for.

    • RefCalls-TopFlops staff

      Not enough time this time around, but maybe in the next one.  Feel free to see ones you see in the future in the RefCalls.com/forums.  We are a volunteer site, so submissions from viewers is always welcomed.

      • unrealofficiating

        During the second quarter the referees called 9 out of a game total 25
        fouls against the Chicago Bulls, including 4 fouls within the first
        minute. Furthermore, 3 of those fouls were team fouls which forced the
        Bulls to change their aggressive style of play on the defensive end of
        the ball. Two of those fouls came within the first 20 seconds against
        C.J. Watson and they were highly questionable. Additionally in this
        quarter the Miami Heat attempted nearly half of all the free-throws that
        they attempted all game (10-24). The referees completely halted the
        momentum that Chicago was carrying over from the first quarter and
        drastically changed the complexion of the entire game in one poor
        quarter of officiating. 

        • unrealofficiating

          are you not focusing on the donaghy affect?

          • RefCalls-TopFlops staff

            Our research shows that there hasn’t been any affects like those, but will always monitor for it.  We think most refs would be crazy to try to do get away with it because of the affect it could have on their life as evidenced by what happened to Donaghy.  It’s a major deterrent, with even the NBA looking out for it.