Posts Tagged ‘Ron Artest’

Mavericks-Lakers (Game 2): No big wrong calls, but waiting to see what league does about Artest foul

May 5th, 2011 4 comments

Both of Wednesday night’s games (Atlanta-Chicago, Dallas-LA) weren’t really in question in the fourth quarter where a call or no-call would have changed the outcome. The main interesting call for the night happened in LA, which was a correct one called against Ron Artest for slapping Jose Barea in the face in the game’s final seconds during garbage time, earning Artest his second technical and an automatic ejection.

It will be interesting to see if the league will suspend Artest for Game 3. Considering how the Lakers have played in the first two games, a suspension of Artest could hurt LA’s chances even more in Game 3. Will the league have the courage to do it?

Hornets-Lakers (Game 5): Physical game results in lots of calls, flops and questions about the officiating

April 27th, 2011 14 comments

Obviously the best game on Tuesday was the Hornets-Lakers game since that series was tied up 2-2 going into it, and the other games (Atlanta-Orlando and Chicago-Indiana) ended up being blowouts without any calls that had a bearing on the outcome.

L.A.-New Orleans was physical that had lots of contact, and thus more questionable calls than we’ve been seeing lately from playoff games. The one foul that struck us was the one that TNT analyst Reggie Miller said “could easily have been a flagrant” was when Kobe Bryant came down hard on Emeka Okafor‘s head, not going for the ball, and seemed to keep his arm wrapped around Okafor’s head excessively as his neck was forced backwards. That play is featured at the end of the video around the 3:30 mark. Bryant only received a regular personal foul.

Surprisingly, it appeared that none of Okafor’s fellow players saw it because you would normally expect a teammate to come to Okafor’s defense and retaliate by giving Bryant a shove or something.

The following video shows fouls and calls (against and for) both teams, giving you the opportunity to make your own decision on if the calls and no-calls were correct or not. Note: we didn’t include the elbow that Marco Bellinelli received in the face because it looked fairly accidental.