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Final numbers (and video) of missed and wrong calls from Game 6 (Heat-Mavericks)

We have done another review of the missed and wrong ref calls from Game 6 and placed clips of them in the video below. We ended up revising our preliminary numbers slightly.

We calculated there were 6 wrong or missed calls in the game, an anomaly of a game since we’ve had many more in the other games of this NBA Finals series.

The Mavericks were the beneficiary of one of these wrong calls, resulting in +2 points for them, whereas Miami benefitted from 5 wrong or missed calls, resulting in +7 points. The numbers changed from our previous rough estimate since we moved some of them to our “missed travels” stat.

Again, our caveats still apply: these numbers are approximate to just give an idea on how much of an impact wrong or missed ref calls can have on a game. These estimates don’t take into account a myriad of factors that could increase the point differentials between the teams because of wrong or missed ref calls, like teams getting into the bonus quicker and getting more free throws because of it, players who get into foul trouble quicker and play less minutes as a result, etc.

Our new numbers for missed travels are now 11 (instead of 8): 4 for Dallas, 7 for Miami. On those 4 travels committed by Dallas players, 6 points were scored on those possessions. Miami scored 2 points on the possessions for their 7 travels.

As we stated in our preliminary results the day after the game, we believe the impact of LeBron James‘ hesitancy to drive to the basket (which increases the chances of traveling), good Dallas defense, or both, had a big impact on reducing the number of travels as we saw earlier in the series.

Another reason may be because as playoff games got more intense and the stakes became higher, like in an elimination game as this one was, the game slows down into a half-court game more often.

The refs for this game were Steve Javie, Derrick Stafford, and Scott Foster. It’s clear in the clips below that Foster made more questionable calls than the other refs in his crew.

Wrong calls that benefitted the Mavericks:

  1. The refs get wrong a 24-second violation where they should have stopped play, as the rulebook dictates, rather than have the players continue to play on, which caught Miami off guard. Dallas scored an easy basket as a result.

Wrong calls that benefitted the Heat:

  1. Ref Derrick Stafford calls a blocking foul on Dallas’ Ian Manhinmi when it doesn’t appear he made any contact with Miami’s Dwyane Wade
  2. Ref Scott Foster doesn’t call a foul on Miami’s Mario Chalmers when it’s clear he pushed off on Dallas’ Jose Barea.
  3. The refs won’t call a foul on Miami’s Joel Anthony when it appeared he made body contact with Dallas’ Tyson Chandler.
  4. Ref Scott Foster calls a foul on Dallas’ Jose Barea when it appeared Miami’s Mario Chalmers initiated contact by lowering his shoulder and pushing off with his arm.
  5. Ref Scott Foster calls a foul on Dallas’ Tyson Chandler when it appeared he didn’t make any contact with Miami’s Chris Bosh.

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  • Raviatm

    Refs did all they could to give Miami the game… Miami, however, wasnt having any part of it.  Thank God.

  • Caleb Hanson

    Thanks for doing this!

    • RefCalls-TopFlops staff

      You’re welcome!

  • http://profiles.google.com/dary.merckens Dary Merckens

    I agree this was far and away the best refereed game of the Finals. On top of that, I actually disagree about the Barea call. He runs into Chalmers, who is putting his forearm up to keep Barea off, and then Barea goes flailing across the court. The trouble with Barea flopping like he does is you have no sense of the amount of contact actually given by players. And in my opinion, you absolutely cannot reward that kind of overreaction with a foul call.

    • RefCalls-TopFlops staff

      That might be something that some refs are doing to penalize players who flop alot — call a foul on them to deter them from doing it again. Unfortunately, that practice isn’t in the rule book (like many others), and since we make our rulings based on the rulebook language, we think Chalmers was deserving of the foul, just like the announcer mentioned.

  • RefCalls-TopFlops staff

    Unfortunately there’s alot of misconceptions about what is allowed and what’s in the rulebook. Unfortunately he rulebook doesn’t reflect what you mentioned. It’s just like how the announcers said that the rulebook allows players to come off the bench during timeouts. The rulebook doesn’t state that either, but referees let it go, and announcers think it must be in the rulebook if the referees let it go, which isn’t the case.

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  • Superstar6324

    No.4 is a collect call. Barea was back pedaling and that’s why Scott Foster called blocking foul, I think.

    • RefCalls-TopFlops staff

      It was close, but we agreed with the announcers that Chalmers shouldn’t have extended his arm and that it was a foul on Chalmers. Doesn’t really matter if Barea was back pedaling if someone pushes off on him.