After analyzing all the wrong or missed ref calls in Game 4 played Tuesday night, we determined it was one of the better officiated games (Greg Willard, Monty McCutchen and Marc Davis were in the crew) given we counted only 10 calls or no-calls (taking out missed travels) that were wrong or questionable. Even though the Mavericks won, there was still a disparity that favored the Heat.
We counted 2 calls/no-calls that favored Dallas, which roughly helped them score 2 extra points directly in those possessions in question. On the other hand, 8 calls/no-calls helped Miami, resulting in 10 extra points. We know this may be hard to believe for some of the skeptics who think these numbers are rigged, but you can checkout the video below of the plays in question.
If you’ve liked hearing analyst Jeff Van Gundy‘s frank commentary on flopping during the playoffs, you’ll love what he says about flopping starting at the 2:04 mark of the video.
There were several calls as they occurred that were tricky to assess that we ultimately agreed with, or were inconclusive. We plan on publishing a video of those plays separately, so if you don’t see some calls/no-calls from the game in the video below, wait for the next video we publish to understand our assessment on some of those calls.
After that, if you think we left something out, you can submit your calls into the forum like we’ve always encouraged so we can have a complete database of missed calls.
We also counted up the number of missed traveling violations by the refs. There were 16 of them, which is lower than what we’ve seen from other games, partly because Miami’s LeBron James didn’t attack the rim as much as he normally does. According to our calculations, both teams had an equal number of missed travels — eight each — with Dallas scoring 6 points on those possessions where they occurred, and Miami scoring 4 points.
Here’s the individual player breakdown of missed travels:
– Dwyane Wade – 5
– LeBron James – 1
– Chris Bosh – 1
– Mike Miller - 1
*Note: after another review of some key plays after this post was published, we have subsequently changed the missed travels on Miami from 8 to 9, and Dwayne Wade’s individual number from 5 to 6. For more details, see this story.
– Dirk Nowitzki - 6
– Shawn Marion – 1
– Jason Terry - 1
Here’s the video of the missed or wrong ref calls for both teams (without the missed travels). Below the video is the list of plays featured:
Wrong or missed ref calls that helped Dallas (resulted in 2 points):
- Ref Monty McCutchen will call a ticky-tack foul against Miami’s Udonis Haslem.
- Dallas’ DeShawn Stevenson will flop to draw a foul against Miami’s LeBron James.
Wrong or missed ref calls that helped Miami (resulted in 10 points):*
- The refs miss a push-off by Miami’s Mike Bibby on Dallas’ Jose Barea.
- The refs miss a basket interference-goaltending violation by Miami’s LeBron James.
- Miami’s LeBron James flops to draw a foul on Dallas’ Brendan Haywood.
- The refs miss an offensive 3-second violation on Miami’s Chris Bosh.
- The refs miss a shooting foul on Miami’s Joel Anthony involving Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki.
- Ref Marc Davis will call a shooting foul on Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki when it’s clear he cleanly stripped Miami’s Chris Bosh.
- Ref Monty McCutchen calls a ticky-tack foul on Dallas’ Tyson Chandler involving Miami’s Chris Bosh.
- The refs don’t call a foul on Miami’s Udonis Haslem for contact applied to Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki.
*Note: after another review of some key plays after this post was published, we have subsequently changed the wrong or missed calls that helped Miami from 8 to 9, and the number of points resulting from them has been revised from 10 to 12. For more details, see this story.