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Thunder-Nuggets (Game 3): Close game at the end had a few plays that could have made it closer

April 25th, 2011 2 comments

Here are 3 plays from the fourth quarter of the Denver-Oklahoma City game played Saturday night that could have had an impact in changing the outcome of the game (OKC won 97-94 and has taken a commanding 3-0 lead in the series).

The ref crew from this game consisted of Derrick Stafford (#49), Eric Lewis (#42), and Jason Phillips (#23). Game 4 of this series will be played Monday night in Denver where the Thunder can close-out and sweep the series.

On Monday afternoon, we’ll be posting a few clips of calls from the other playoff games played Sunday, namely Celtics-Knicks, Magic-Hawks, and Lakers-Hornets.

Nuggets-Thunder (Game 2): No ref controversy, but examples of one bad call and a good one

April 21st, 2011 6 comments

In Wednesday’s first playoff game, Oklahoma City easily handled Denver 106-89. So there weren’t that many important calls that were blown that could have changed the outcome of the game. However, we did want to feature a couple of intriguing calls in the video below.

The first one has Denver’s J.R. Smith driving the lane, getting hacked on the arm, but no call being made by the closest ref to the action, Rodney Mott (#71). Through our watching lots of video of ref calls, for some reason most ref crews subconsciously put the responsibility of making a call like this on the ref closet to the play along the baseline, although any ref can call it. It just goes to show there’s some human psychology involved when other refs are reluctant to call a foul and “show up” another ref that is closer to the action, in our opinion.

The second play in the video shows Russell Westbrook pushing off in mid-air. We’ve seen this kind of call get missed alot (it is a difficult one to make at times), but Monty McCutchen (#13) got it right, and he’s farther away from the play than Mott is. Analyst Mike Fratello states that two officials got it right, but we slowed the video down and it was McCutchen who blew his whistle first. Perhaps after the first play that Mott missed, McCutchen took it upon himself to make the call on this play regardless of where he was situated.

From our observations, we see countless times where one ref will signal a violation in reaction to a fellow ref who has already done it order to provide support. We don’t have a problem with that, but Fratello’s claim that both refs got it right is a difficult one to prove, and is therefore irrelevant.