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Bulls-Heat (Game 4): Select ref calls & no-calls, sans all the missed travels (coming later)

Below are select ref calls and no-calls from last night’s game between Chicago and Miami. We’ve also included a couple of calls that were really tough that the refs correctly made, to their credit.

We are planning on releasing a video before Game 5 (hopefully) of all the more obvious travels (20+) that have been missed by the refs in Games 3 & 4 of this series. When you have players like LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Derrick Rose playing in the same game, it adds a significant amount of time to create these videos if you want to cover all of the travels fairly (and show how bad the league and refs are in enforcing them).

So we’ve decided to try to tackle that feat through a separate project coming up soon. However, the final clip in THIS video DOES include one of the most important missed travels of the game — the shot made by LeBron James that put the game away for Miami.

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

  • Ref Joe Crawford will call a foul on Miami’s Joel Anthony when it didn’t look like he made contact with Chicago’s Derrick Rose.
  • Ref Ed Malloy will incorrectly call a charging foul on Chicago’s Luol Deng while Miami’s Chris Bosh was still moving laterally.
  • Ref Bennett Salvatore will incorrectly rule the ball went off Miami’s Chris Bosh‘s hand before going out of bounds when it really went off Chicago’s Taj Gibson‘s hand.
  • Ref Joe Crawford will correctly call an offensive foul against Chicago’s Luol Deng for leaning into Miami’s LeBron James.
  • Ref Joe Crawford will miss an obvious violation of Kyle Korver fouling an opponent when chasing after a loose ball, but fortunately ref Bennett Salvatore covered for Crawford’s omission and called the violation, probably thinking Crawford was going to call it, but when he didn’t, Salvatore had to blow his whistle late. Better late than never, though.
  • Two refs will call a shooting foul on Miami’s Dwayne Wade when it appears he didn’t make contact with Chicago’s Luol Deng wrist or arm.
  • Ref Ed Malloy made the correct call when Chicago’s Joakim Noah charged into Miami’s Udonis Haslem, and having to do it while ref Joe Crawford was calling an incorrect blocking foul on Haslem, which fortunately Malloy overruled.
  • Ref Bennett Salvatore will correctly call a foul on Miami’s LeBron James for charging into Chicago’s Ronnie Brewer.
  • Ref Joe Crawford will call a foul on Miami’s Dwyane Wade when it appeared he did nothing wrong with Chicago’s Luol Deng when Deng lost control of the ball on his own.
  • The refs will miss an obvious traveling call by Miami’s LeBron James as he hits a jumper that puts the game away and secures a victory.
  • http://profiles.google.com/dary.merckens Dary Merckens

    I ask this as a serious question: why is Joey Crawford still refereeing important games?

    • RefCalls-TopFlops staff

      Great question. We ask ourselves that same question. It could be that the quality of officiating in the league is so thin, he’s just making the cut. It will be interesting to see if he officiates any Finals games. For some reason the league likes him, but with his egregious errors and overall hatred from players and fans, I’ll be shocked if he’s officiating next week during the Finals. I know his wife his undergoing cancer treatment, so maybe they want to keep his spirits up by not telling him he’s axed from officiating on the big stage.

      • Anonymous

         *sigh* I was about to suggest that Crawford is a cancer upon NBA officiating, but now that just sounds insensitive…..

  • Pessimism

    Another very good analysis.

    Play 1: It’s nice to see Rose get into the paint and finish without traveling. I wasn’t sure that he was capable of it.

    Play 4: It’s embarrassing that LeBron is flopping on the defensive end the way he has been recently. One of the strongest guys in the league goes down like a sack of potatoes on that? Weak.

    Play 5: I don’t think this is a bad call by Crawford. He’s right. Chalmers flopped. Did Korver hip-check Chalmers? No. He stepped slightly in front of him. Chalmers is being very typical on this play. He’s lying. Salvatore had no business making that call from half a world away.

    Play 8: Haslem was stationary here, but his arms are not straight up. His arms are angled forward into Noah’s body. Foul.

    Play 9: Good defense by Brewer here. He isn’t gunning for a charging call like most weak, disgusting players do. James has no place to complain here.

    Play 10: Wade’s body is completely pressed into Deng here. The contact isn’t with the hands. It’s illegal Collisonesque defense.

    Play 11: Vintage James. The officiating crew should be suspended for the remainder of the playoffs for ignoring this one. They didn’t miss it. They just let it go.

  • David Stern

    why do you guys point out the disparity in bad calls for the mavs-thunder series but don’t bother doing that with the bulls-heat series?

    • RefCalls-TopFlops staff

      Strictly about time constraints — too many missed travels in the CHI-MIA series that we’ve had to omit temporarily that would make the calculation incomplete, but we’re working on a video right now that will include all of the missed travels from both teams. We’ll include the detail in text form so that everyone can calculate the disparity for themselves if they wish.

      • David Stern

        well my comment was in reference to the fact that the heat seem to be getting more of the ticky-tack or “superstar” fouls while the bulls have not been getting the benefit of those calls.

  • Anonymous

    Holy cow, Crawford is beyond terrible.  How do they look at all his terrible calls yet continue to have him ref playoff games??

  • RefCalls-TopFlops staff

    We disagree. What you say is yet another misconception that is not referenced in the official rulebook (but if you can find the exact phrase in the rulebook where it says what you say, we’re open to hearing it). The rulebook says more about what the defender can and cannot do than the offensive player, rightly or wrongly. We think the rulebook SHOULD address what you say, though.

    The phrase we found in the rulebook that allows an offensive player like Deng more leeway to be aggressive and “lower the shoulder” may be this one on the middle of page 54 in the “Guarding an Opponent” section:

    “Any player who conforms to the above is absolved from responsibility for any contact by an opponent which may dislodge or tend to dislodge such player from the position which he has attained and is maintaining legally. If contact occurs, the official must decide whether the contact is incidental or a foul has been committed.” You’ll have to read it in context to see all the other stuff above it. It’s a poorly written phrase that could be worded better. But essentially, the rulebook goes into more detail right above this phrase on what a defender can and cannot do than what an offensive player can and cannot do. So we have to look at what the defender was doing first, which we did. If Bosh had been established, then the next thing we would look at is the contact with the offensive player. If Deng had just slightly grazed Bosh even if Bosh had been established, then maybe the refs still have the option to call or not call an offensive foul, like if the contact between both players was very light. But we never even get to that decision point because Bosh was never established.

    On the second-to-last play involving Wade and Deng, Deng brought his arm up on Wade, too. Crawford is so bad, he was calling a foul thinking Wade had fouled Deng to force him to lose control of the ball, when Deng clearly had it slip out of his hand on his own. Afterwards, the two players’ arms were on each other. If Crawford by some chance was calling a foul after the ball came loose (which we highly doubt because Crawford blows the whistle frequently when there is a loose ball like this), then it should have been a no-call because both players had incidental contact with each other, or a double-foul on both players. But we can guarantee you that given Crawford’s history, he was calling a foul because he thought Wade fouled Deng to pop the ball loose, which he didn’t — Deng lost the ball on his own.