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Mavericks-Thunder (Game 3): First half pretty clean of bad calls, but second half made up for it

In last night’s Dallas-Oklahoma City game, there weren’t that many bad calls in the first half. Dallas was running away with it, so maybe that had something to do with it.

But in the second half, the bad calls and wrong no-calls increased as the game got tighter as OKC made their comeback. Makes you wonder if a correlation is there. Hmmm….You can decide for yourself in the video below.

Here’s a summary of the calls (described in detail below). We don’t claim these are all of them, but a pretty thorough representation (Don’t get mad, OKC fans. If you see some we missed, you can report them here in the RefCalls forums):

Wrong calls/no-calls penalizing Dallas – 8
Wrong calls/no-calls penalizing OKC – 3

Wrong calls/no-calls by refs:

  • Scott Foster – 5
  • Marc Davis – 4
  • Bob Delaney – 1
  • Shared among multiple refs – 1

In the video above, you’ll see the following:

  • Ref Scott Foster calls a loose ball foul on Dallas’ Tyson Chandler after OKC’s Kendrick Perkins had his arm wrapped around Chandler’s neck.
  • Ref Marc Davis calls a loose ball foul on Dallas’ Brendan Haywood, but with the help of some good selling by OKC’s Nick Collison.
  • Dallas’ Shawn Marion will drive to the basket and seems to get fouled intentionally by OKC’s Thabo Sefolosha, but there was no call.
  • Ref Marc Davis calls a foul on Dallas’ Tyson Chandler for fouling OKC’s Russell Westbrook, but it didn’t look like there was much contact, if any.
  • Ref Scott Foster calls a technical on OKC’s Russell Westbrook, which didn’t seem all that major, when it was actually in response to a little shove from Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki. This should have been a no-call.
  • Ref Marc Davis will call a technical foul on Dallas’ Tyson Chandler for elbowing OKC’s James Harden in the face. Although there was contact worthy of a foul, Harden sold it well by dropping to the floor like a sack of potatoes.
  • The refs made a correct no-call on a ball that OKC’s James Harden lost as he was going up. The OKC fans thought Dirk Nowitzki had fouled him, which wasn’t the case.
  • The refs made a correct no-call for not calling a traveling violation on Dallas’ Shawn Marion when many of the OKC fans thought he traveled.
  • The refs seemed to miss a charging call on OKC’s Kevin Durant when Dallas’ Jason Kidd beat him to the spot.
  • Ref Scott Foster called a foul on Dallas’ Jose Barea when it looked like he didn’t make any contact (or negligible contact) on OKC’s Russell Westbrook.
  • Ref Scott Foster calls a loose ball a foul on Dallas’ Tyson Chandler when it didn’t look like there was any significant contact.
  • Ref Marc Davis calls a foul on Dallas’ Jose Barea for fouling OKC’s Russell Westbrook, when it didn’t look like there was much contact, if any.
  • Ref Marc Davis calls a foul on Dallas’ Jason Terry for fouling OKC’s James Harden when it didn’t look like there was much contact, if any.
  • Ref Scott Foster will call a foul on OKC’s Nick Collison for fouling Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki, when it didn’t look like there was much contact, if any.
  • Ref Bob Delaney didn’t call a foul on Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki when he shoved OKC’s Nick Collison, which is inconsistent with the technical foul that Westbrook received for a similar shove earlier in the game.
  • http://profiles.google.com/dary.merckens Dary Merckens

    You think the contact from Chandler on Harden was worthy of a foul? I think even that’s a stretch.

    • RefCalls-TopFlops staff

      Yes, any contact from the elbow to the face like that has to be called. ESPN showed one angle that showed there was definite contact. Before that replay, they showed a replay from behind Harden’s head where you couldn’t tell if there was contact, and that’s what Van Gundy was harping on.

      • Javanish

        Here’s the problem harden walked his ugly ass face right into that elbow Chandler did nothing wrong!

      • Shawn Collenburg

         Problem is Harden initiates the contact. Not only that, Harden should have been called for delay of game not letting Chandler proceed out of bounds after the made basket.

  • Anonymous

     Karl Malone, the master of swinging his elbows after a rebound drew blood from multiple players throughout the course of his tainted dirty career. And he got away with 99% of those elbows thrown.

  • bope123

    This is the best video I watched from you guys I pretty much agree with everything you wrote up. Except for the tech, that’s a clear cut tech to me on Westbrook you just can’t just some in the back like that. But I think people just don’t understand Techs until they have officiated a game and been held responsible for one player punching the other in the face, knocking them out and a little shove is what started the whole thing. I know from experience, when I player shoves another in the back like that completely after the play clearly out of anger (you can tell by westbrook’s face hes angry) Tech’s gotta be there. Dirk was just trying to walk by bumped into Westbrook and pretty much just extended his arm to get by did’t look angry theres a big difference between a mini push like that a what Westbrook did.

    • Anonymous

       It was a weak “shove” that did no harm whatsoever to a player walking away from him.  You’d give a technical to a player just for being ANGRY?

      • bope123

        Weak? He basically shoved him as hard as he could, it’s not Dirk’s fault he’s almost 300 pounds and Westbrook is weak so the shove looked slight but clearly pushed very hard.

      • Progdor

        It was the same type of shove that got Chandler into the double Tech situation

  • Jerry H.

     Is it just me, or is ESPN much worse about showing replays of called fouls than, say, TNT?  It seemed like there were several poor calls (such as those displayed in the video) where they went back to show a good play a few seconds earlier and didn’t really review or scrutinize the call.  Not sure if that’s just perception (especially since the officiating was so bad last night) or not.

    • RefCalls-TopFlops staff

      We would agree. They are too focused on glorifying the good plays at the expense of showing replays of questionable calls. Hard core basketball fans don’t need to see a replay of good plays — we want to see additional angles of questionable calls!

  • DaMavs02

    I feel like in this series the officiating has been extremely tight against Terry and Chandler specifically. It seems clear the Thunder understand what a difference an aggressive Chandler makes, so they are going out of their way to initiate contact and attempt to game the officials.

    There have been just enough calls to mess up substitution patterns. Needing minutes from Mahinmi, Barea having to play minutes in Terrys stead.

    It just seemed off that the Thunder had a foul to give inside of a minute in the fourth, when they had been pretty physical with Dirk and others on drive to the baskets.

  • RefCalls-TopFlops staff

    We were scratching our heads on that one, too. It was a gnarly situation. It looked like they were trying to mix the technicals that Stevenson and Sefolosha picked up with the one that Perkins received on the defensive 3-second call, which we’ve never seen done before. If that was the case, then Dallas would have been +1 on technicals, and Dallas should have been shooting a technical rather than OKC like Durant did.

    Some people might say the first defensive 3-second call against a team is a technical (but no free throw), and the second time it happens is a technical with a free throw. But unfortunately the NBA rulebook doesn’t say anything about free throws being rewarded after the second instance (another example of another potential gap in the rulebook that some people perceive is the truth but isn’t supported in the rulebook). Even if it were true (a FT allowed after the second instance), it would have been offsetting technicals on Sefolosha and Stevenson.

    In sum, we have no idea what happened there, and it would have been really time-consuming to describe in our video all of what we described above. We were all hoping to get some clarification from the league office on what happened, but instead, they decided to focus on the Chandler technical and rescind it. It would be nice if they addressed this issue, too.

  • RefCalls-TopFlops staff

    Thanks for the compliment!

  • Bilferbophus

    This site is fantastic. Great job guys. I really wish there had been something like this back for the Lakers-Kings conference finals or the Mavs-Miami finals. Both were so rigged, and there was nowhere to turn to talk about it. 

    Whether or not there’s Stern/Refs conspiracy going on, NBA reffing is a joke. Thanks for bringing a keen eye to it all. If enough people tune in and spread the word, maybe Fuhrer Stern will finally be forced to fix this crap.

    • RefCalls-TopFlops staff

      Thanks for the feedback and compliments! We’ll continue to try our best.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Monkdn Ray Baker

    I’d like to see an instance of a call being called one way and not the other.  Also include travels and poor tech calls, but IMO you can’t say things are ticky tack calls without showing them NOT called for the other team, the refs may be keeping a certain thing under control in that game (since that is what they do before a game is come up with the emphasis of the game, usually travelling or carrying, or two hands on a post up ect.  — that info is from the 2008 ref interviews)

    • RefCalls-TopFlops staff

      We show ticky-tack calls for both teams. We don’t even think of what team is receiving them. We’re grading the refs, not the players or the teams.

      All this conjecture about how the league may try to keep certain “things under control” for certain games is a myth. It makes for great stuff for announcers to talk about, but when Van Gundy was the coach of the Rockets, he was fined $100k by the league for saying the league would be looking out for moving screens on Yao Ming. The league will always say the rules are the rules, and they’re not going to watch out more for them in one particular game or another. An individual ref may have spilled the beans they will do that themselves (like in Tim Donaghy’s book), but because that’s a shunned practice, we would never take into account some conjecture like that. It would then be chaos, with people saying, “Well, you didn’t hear what the refs said they were going to call in this game,” or a player saying, “We didn’t hear them tell us that.” It would be mayhem. They know it’s better to just stick with the rules, and not release or convey anything different, or you’ll have mass chaos. That would be like the MLB saying, “We’re going to call the strike zone a little smaller tonight.” Would never happen in any sport.