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Heat-Bulls (Game 5): 4th quarter ref call analysis – surprising number of wrong calls

As mentioned in our previous post, we are focusing on the 4th quarter of the two Game 5s that were played in both conferences on Wednesday and Thursday night.

As you know by now, both games were won by Dallas and Miami, respectively, through huge comebacks late in the game. But we thought it would be interesting to see if there were any wrong calls or no-calls that could have changed the outcome of both games.

Dallas overcame a 15-point deficit with less than 5 minutes remaining to eliminate Oklahoma City on Wednesday (4th quarter analysis is here), and Miami came back from a 12-point deficit with less than 4 minutes remaining to eliminate Chicago on Thursday.

In the video below, you’ll see some of the major calls from the 4th quarter of the Heat-Bulls game on Thursday night. Some were correct, but many were wrong, including A MISSED LANE VIOLATION while Derrick Rose was shooting his free throw that should have given Chicago another chance to make it (he missed the attempt) that would have tied the game with less than 30 seconds remaining!

No one we have seen or heard has brought up this no-call, but it’s clear it was a violation, and could have completely changed the outcome of the game and the series!

Here’s a breakdown of the ref calls and no-calls featured in the video above, with the time remaining on the clock in the 4th quarter when it happened:

  • 7:44 – A very difficult block-charge call involving Miami’s LeBron James and Chicago’s Kurt Thomas. Thomas was called for a block, but it looked like it should have been a charge on James.
  • 6:42 – Ref Greg Willard called a foul on Chicago’s Ronnie Brewer when it appeared that Miami’s LeBron James flopped to draw a foul after light contact from Brewer.
  • 5:55 – The refs miss a blocking violation on Chicago’s Kurt Thomas. His foot was in the restricted area as Miami’s Chris Bosh drove to the basket.
  • 5:17 – The refs correctly make a no-call when Chicago’s Derrick Rose lightly touches Miami’s Dwyane Wade driving to the basket.
  • 1:48 – The refs miss a travel by Chicago’s Derrick Rose right before he scores a basket that gave Chicago a 7-point lead.
  • 1:31 – Ref Scott Foster correctly calls a foul on Chicago’s Derrick Rose after fouling Miami’s Dwyane Wade shooting a 3-pointer.
  • 0:28 – The refs arguably miss a travel (“carry”) by Chicago’s Derrick Rose as he drives to the basket.
  • 0:27 – The refs miss a lane violation by Miami’s Chris Bosh as Chicago’s Derrick Rose misses a free throw that could have tied the game. Rose should have been given another opportunity to shoot the free throw again.
  • 0:01 – Miami’s LeBron James blocks Chicago’s Derrick Rose on a 3-point attempt. James does make some contact with Rose’s hand on the follow-through, but because he had already blocked the shot, the contact was ruled incidental. After the game, Rose said he thought he was not fouled, confirming the call by the ref was the correct call.
  • RefCalls-TopFlops staff

    Good catch on the LeBron dribble. Very tough to see, but we see it now. That’s our first mistake. ;-)

    We didn’t see the feet getting tangled up on the LeBron-Brewer play. Sure wish these networks would show more angles like the regional networks do during the regular season.

    We saw a little bit of a travel by Wade, but not as egregious as the others since his first step is almost on the floor when he picks up his dribble. We’re starting to think that if a player’s foot is within an inch or two of hitting the floor, maybe that should be an acceptable standard since detecting these time differences at real speed is almost impossible. Not sure how the league should re-word their rulebook, but that’s just one suggestion.

    The whole “hand is part of the ball” in the rulebook is so contradictory when one starts trying to bump it up against what should constitute a shooting foul. The league hasn’t done a good job of articulating in the rulebook what most people think should be a foul — if you hit the hand while shooting, or even follow through and hit the hand (if you didn’t block it already), then it should be a shooting foul. Most refs will call that a foul, but the rulebook doesn’t support it. We think the “hand is part of the ball” language is intended for non-shooting situations, but the way it reads, it seems to apply to all situations, which the refs aren’t doing since they are calling shooting fouls when the hand is hit.

  • Go Bulls

    The first foul KT was moving. LeBron looked like he was going around him or trying to avoid contact but KT flopped which Reggie Miller and others called him out for. Other then that..good stuff. 

  • RefCalls-TopFlops staff

    If you’re talking about the LeBron-Barea play, LeBron didn’t land it. Barea flops so much by snapping his head back, the refs have tuned him out. In Game 2 (tonight’s game), there was one possession where Barea was guarding Chalmers dribbling up the court, and flopped up to 4 times trying to get a call. The whole crowd was laughing. It’s that kind of reputation that won’t get you calls, and we slowed it down where you can see LeBron’s elbow didn’t land and make contact on Barea.