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Mavericks-Heat (Game 6): Lowest numbers of missed/wrong calls & missed travels in playoffs

We’ve done a preliminary review of all the plays from last night’s Game 6 between Dallas and Miami. There were less wrong and missed ref calls than normal (but we’d still like this number to be reduced for all future games). We counted 12 total, but there were about 10 calls where we couldn’t make an accurate assessment because ABC didn’t show alternate angles like we have seen from other networks earlier in the playoffs and regular season.

Out of the 12 wrong or missed calls where we could make an assessment, 4 of them were to the benefit of the Mavericks for a rough estimate of +4 in points, and 8 favored the Heat for an estimated +10 point difference.

It’s interesting that the number of missed travels decreased from the refs, too, with a total of eight, far below the 28 from Game 5. Perhaps that was due to the continued reluctance (or good Dallas defense, or both) for LeBron James to drive to the basket. But also because maybe as playoff games get more intense and the stakes become higher, like in an elimination game, the game slows down into a half-court game more frequently.

And another reason may be because refs are know to call a lot of ticky-tack fouls — like Joey Crawford or Bill Kennedy — weren’t officiating this game.

Dallas had 3 missed travels that resulted in +4 points in their favor, and Miami had 5 missed travels that resulted in a 2-point advantage.

We’ll try to provide more details, including videos, over the next couple of days. It’s been a long, grueling playoffs for us at RefCalls, especially after pulling an all-nighter to get these important numbers (approximate) to you. So thanks for your patience as we drag ourselves across the finish line.

UPDATE: We have revised our preliminary numbers, as well as provided a video of the missed and wrong ref calls from this game, at this post.

  • Anonymous

    So refcalls, what is your plan for the offseason?

    • RefCalls-TopFlops staff

      Still working on the plan, but we’ll probably be crunching more stats that take a broader view of all the games played in the post-season, as well as addressing more of the issues that we believe can help the refs get better.

      • Anonymous

         Actually, you know what you guys should do?

        Do your standard analysis on the games in the infamous 2002 WCF with the Kings and Lakers.  I’m sure the full game footage is out there.

        Expose the truth in that “historic” series once and for all.

        • RefCalls-TopFlops staff

          That would be an interesting project to take on someday, time permitting.

  • Anonymous

     anything on the Tyson Chandler foul that was called on Dirk Nowitzki, commentators said something about it – was it rectified?

    • RefCalls-TopFlops staff

      We can’t recall when the refs said that, but if you can remember the the quarter it happened, that might help us find what was decided on that play, and what we ruled. If there was a foul, then you might see it in the video we’ll be uploading soon of the calls we thought were wrong or missed. If it’s not in the video, then we most likely agreed a foul had been committed by either Chandler or Nowitzki.

  • RefCalls-TopFlops staff

    We’d like to do that, too, but it is a huge undertaking as you mentioned, but good to get validation from someone independently like yourself that it’s a good idea.

  • RefCalls-TopFlops staff

    If you’re talking about the shot he made around the 2:33 mark of the 4Q, we agree it was a travel.

    We breakout missed travels in separate videos, and might create a video of missed travels for this game. Now that the season is over, not many people seem to care, and many people have complained that we focus too much on missed travels and that “everyone travels” (which we vehemently disagree).

    But we may create a video that features travels in a different way during the off-season, which would include this one.

    • wiz

      thanks. you’re right, the season’s over and it’s water under the bridge.
      if you’re going to make a video about travels, i think everyone does those “bunny” steps but the pivot foot thing really needs to be addressed. i think d wade did a similar thing earlier in the series that the announcers just laughed at because it was such a travel.

  • RefCalls-TopFlops staff

    There could have been 2 fouls there, one on Chandler and one on Nowitzki. The official play-by-play data shows Nowitzki was charged with the foul. We checked out the video, and Nowitzki did have his hand riding on Wade’s shoulder before he jumped into the air. We didn’t feature it because both fouls were inconclusive given ABC didn’t show a different angle to allow us to make a better determination if there was a true foul or not.

    • Anonymous

      There was also an incident in the 3rd Quarter @ 7:56 to play – According to commentators, refs initially call a loose ball foul on Dirk but say the refs changed it to correctly be called on Tyson. 

      • RefCalls-TopFlops staff

        Yeah, that happens occasionally where the announcers have to make a quick decision based off who they think made the foul, when in actuality the refs signaled a different number to the official scorekeeper.