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Thunder-Grizzlies (Game 6): Too many ticky-tack calls makes game almost unwatchable

May 14th, 2011 6 comments

Last night’s Oklahoma City-Memphis game was painful to watch from an officiating perspective, with lots of ticky-tack fouls called against both teams. Even the announcers mentioned how the game had no flow because of it.

If you’re a Grizzlies fan, fortunately you can say your team won without the benefit of bad ref calls against Oklahoma City. We documented most of the bad calls in the video below (with a breakdown in text below the video), and the bad calls seemed to go both ways, with ref Marc Davis being the worst ref of the bunch.

Here’s a breakdown of the calls/no-calls in the video, including some tough good calls where you have to give the refs credit.

  • An unnecessary charging call by ref Scott Foster (#48) on Kevin Durant
  • A good charging call from ref Scott Foster against Marc Gasol
  • A flop by Thabo Sefolosha. Good no-call by Scott Foster
  • A bad call from ref Marc Davis (#8) against James Harden that should have been let go
  • A good no-call from ref Ron Garretson (#10) when many refs would have called a charge or block
  • A bad charging call from Ron Garretson on Tony Allen. Should have been a block on James Harden
  • A ticky-tack foul from ref Marc Davis on Nick Collison involving a flop by Zach Randolph
  • A ticky-tack foul from ref Marc Davis on Shane Battier involving Russell Westbrook
  • A ticky-tack foul from ref Marc Davis on Kendrick Perkins involving Zach Randolph
  • A ticky-tack foul from ref Scott Foster on O.J. Mayo involving Russell Westbrook
  • A bad shooting foul from ref Scott Foster on Tony Allen involving Kevin Durant
  • A good call from ref Marc Davis on Darrell Arthur for charging into Nick Collison
  • A good call from ref Scott Foster on Zach Randolph for fouling Kendrick Perkins

Spurs-Grizzlies (Game 6): a couple of questionable calls/no-calls could have made it a little closer at the end

April 30th, 2011 1 comment

As you know by now, the Spurs were eliminated from the playoffs last night. There were only a couple of calls we saw in the second half that could have changed the outcome, as you’ll see in the video below.

If things had gone San Antonio’s way on these calls, it could have meant up to a 4-point increase for the Spurs, making things a little tighter near the end of a close game.

For example, the ticky-tack foul call on Antonio McDyess by referee Bennett Salvatore (#15) sent Zach Randolph to the line, extending the lead from 5 points to 7 with less than 3 minutes remaining in the game. Those were huge points on such little contact from so far away from the basket, and it’s a shame Salvatore called a ticky-tack foul in that situation.

We didn’t see any calls that wrongly penalized Memphis, but if you saw some, let us know and we’ll take a look and log it into our database if we agree.

Grizzlies-Spurs (Game 5): Incredible finish, but lots of ticky-tack fouls & potential missed goaltending

April 28th, 2011 2 comments

Last night the Spurs-Grizzlies game was a classic because of the Spurs’ Gary Neal‘s clock-beating 3-pointer that sent the game into overtime, among many reasons.

However, the game seemed to have a higher number of ticky-tack foul calls than normal, and had a potential goaltending call in overtime that could have affected the outcome. Check out the video below for evidence…

Grizzlies-Spurs (Game 2): Was this a charge or block? Plus, a good no-call on major flop

April 21st, 2011 5 comments

For a game that was relatively close Wednesday night between San Antonio and Memphis, fortunately we didn’t see any terrible calls down the stretch that would have changed the outcome of the game.

However, we did want to feature one foul in the 3rd quarter that we thought was very questionable. Check it out in the video below and see if you agree with referee Leon Wood (#40). We know many of you will say there were many more questionable calls than this, but we have to pick-and-choose one of the best, okay?

In the second clip, we feature an Oscar-winning performance by Memphis forward Shane Battier, which the refs correctly called as a no-call.

While checking these clips out, also listen to the overflowing remarks about Manu Ginobili from Spurs’ broadcasters Bill Land and former player Sean Elliott. It was drooling remarks like these the whole game that prompted ESPN.com’s Bill Simmons to tweet what’s posted below the video player. (We just had to throw it in there).

Bill Simmons’ tweets about the Spurs’ announcers 4/20/11