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Heat-Mavericks (Game 5): Missed & wrong calls were just about even (but missed travels weren’t)

Below are videos of the missed calls from Thursday’s Game 5. Here’s the breakdown of the missed calls per team:

We counted 6 questionable ref calls that helped Dallas gain an extra 5 points, and 7 ref calls that helped Miami gain 5 points. So it was just about even. (Slightly revised from an earlier count)

But the pattern we continue to see with ref Joe Crawford (known to be “whistle happy”) continued: 7 of these calls solely involved Joe Crawford, with 5 of them being “ticky-tack” fouls, one of them a missed charging violation, and another obvious foul that occurred right in front of him that he failed to catch..

We reiterate that these numbers are approximate, and don’t take into account the myriad of variables that wrong or missed calls can have on a team’s point production or points they give up, like players getting in foul trouble earlier, teams put into the “bonus” faster, etc. Since there could be many other variables, if you’re inclined to do it, feel free to come up with your own calculations based on the work we’ve done showing the questionable calls and no-calls.

These videos don’t include missed travels, but we hope that we’ll have enough time to create a separate video of those travels before Game 6 on Sunday night.

But we can tell you the numbers for missed travels were much different than what we’ve seen from previous games — Dallas had more than Miami, and scored more points on those possessions. Part of the reason is because of LeBron James‘ much publicized reluctance to drive to the basket, but also because of Dirk Nowitzki putting the ball on the floor more.

There were approximately 28 missed travels in this game (so you can understand why it takes awhile to break down a game and clip out these plays), and Dallas had a large advantage in points because of them, which was also rare in this series. Preliminarily, the points we counted were 22-13, but we’ll want to confirm those with an additional review of the plays.

Since we’ll probably be short on time, we’ll try to create a video with just the most important missed travels where points were scored on those possessions, if we can even get that out, and confirm the raw number of travels and point differential after a second review of these plays. If we can’t do it before Game 6, then we’ll just move on and focus on our analysis for Game 6.

Here’s the video of missed/wrong calls that helped the Mavericks (down the page is the video of missed/wrong calls that helped the Heat):

1st quarter

  1. Ref Joe Crawford will call a ticky-tack foul on Miami’s Joel Anthony involving Dirk Nowitzki.

2nd quarter

  1. Ref Joe Crawford will call a ticky-tack foul on Miami’s Dwyane Wade involving Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki

3rd quarter

  1. Ref Mike Callahan will call a foul on Miami’s Juwan Howard after Dallas’ Ian Mahinmi sells contact very well.
  2. Ref Joe Crawford doesn’t call a foul on Dallas’ Jason Kidd after hitting Miami’s LeBron James on the wrist.

4th quarter

  1. Ref Joe Crawford will call a foul on Miami’s Mario Chalmers involving Dallas’ Jose Barea that doesn’t appear justified.
  2. The refs don’t call a foul on Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki involving Miami’s Dwyane Wade.

Here’s the video of missed/wrong calls that helped the Heat:

1st quarter

  1. Ref Joe Crawford will incorrectly call a blocking violation on Dallas’ Brian Cardinal involving Miami’s Dwyane Wade.

2nd quarter

  1. Ref Joe Crawford will call a foul on Dallas’ Jose Barea after negligible contact with Miami’s Mario Chalmers. He should have just let it go.

3rd quarter

  1. No violation will be called on Miami’s Joel Anthony for having a forearm with a bent elbow in the back of Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki outside the lower defensive box
  2. No violation will be called on Miami’s Mario Chalmers for an apparent loose ball foul on Dallas’ Jason Terry.
  3. Ref Joe Crawford will call a ticky-tack foul on Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki involving Miami’s Joel Anthony.

4th quarter

  1. The refs arguably should have called a flagrant foul on Miami’s Juwan Howard after fouling Dallas’ DeShawn Stevenson.
  2. The refs missed a shooting foul from Miami’s LeBron James on Dallas’ Shawn Marion .
  • RefCalls-TopFlops staff

    We have it down as a shuffling of the feet, so it will be in the traveling clips, time permitting.

  • RefCalls-TopFlops staff

    We thought about it, but were afraid we’d have to move off of that platform tor the same reason we had to get off YouTube’s.

  • RefCalls-TopFlops staff

    We double-checked and you are correct. Ironically, it makes the call even worse since all Barea was doing was flopping, and he gets the foul. We’re all for deterring flops, but calling a foul on a flopper isn’t in the rulebook, nor is it an unofficial practice according to what announcers tell us. We have slightly changed our numbers and videos to reflect what you mentioned. Thanks.

  • RefCalls-TopFlops staff

    That’s B.S. about “all we’re concerned about is traveling.” Look at the last 2 videos. No travels at all. Gimme a break. We ruled the Haslem-Chandler play in the 4Q inconclusive. Need another angle to make the assessment, which ABC hasn’t been giving. Some homers might think it’s a foul, but there are some where we just can’t tell.

    Some people say we’re “old,” whereas others like you say we’re “young.” As someone said, if we’re getting it from both sides, then we’re probably getting it right.

  • Tracy

    People who blowoff traveling like “it’s been like that all time” or “it’s no big deal” are blissful dolts.  Nothing affects a game more than traveling.  All the other foul types pale in comparison.  Amazing how there are so many people who have been “dumbed down” by the league and the refs not holding true to the rules.  Goes to show if you sweep things under the rug enough, then a whole bunch of people who don’t know how to do critical thinking or holding people will accountable will just accept it.  God help our country if that’s the level of intellect we have.

  • RefCalls-TopFlops staff

    Thanks for the shout-out. Regarding #1, we just changed it about an hour ago. We looked at the official play-by-play, and shockingly they gave the foul to Barea, which is even more of a joke since Barea really didn’t do anything, like you mentioned (other than flop, in our mind, which isn’t a violation…yet). So it’s an even worse foul call that favored Dallas (not Miami), so we moved that clip to the Dallas video.

    On #2, we checked the HD version of the play on our HDTV from the 2 different angles, which is much better than these Web videos we’ve posted. It’s close, but it doesn’t look like Chalmers made contact with Barea’s head. I think that bob you mentioned of Barea’s head was just a small instinctive move because he thought he was going to run into Chalmer’s raised arm, but didn’t. And for what it’s worth, in the first angle, Crawford didn’t blow his whistle and raise his arm until long after Barea avoided Chalmers’ arm. He blew it a second later (which is an eternity in ref time) afterwards when Barea released the ball.

  • RefCalls-TopFlops staff

    Thanks. We’ve corrected it.

  • Monk

    I’m glad I stumbled across your site…  I’m a die hard Mav fan (for years, no bandwagon junk here) And I can always point out missed calls against the other team, and notice some that my team does, but most go unnoticed due to me watching the play instead of watching feet/hands. 

    Keep it up! Hopefully the NBA will tighten down on travels, and Phantom calls

    • RefCalls-TopFlops staff



    I find the three reasons why the nba gave nowitzki MVP extremely hilarious. In all three cases he traveled at least once. I think the league supports traveling.

    1. The 2007 league MVP won Game 2 with a left-handed layup despite
    having torn a tendon in the tip of his left middle finger in Game 1.

    2. He
    scored 10 of his 21 points in the final period of Game 4 despite
    playing with a 101-degree fever because of a sinus infection.

    3. In Game 5, his driving dunk in the final minutes put Dallas ahead for good.

    the full article is here. http://www.nba.com/2011/news/06/12/nowitzki-finals-mvp.ap/index.html?ls=iref%3Anbahpt2