That was a foul!
Shame on the officiating crew of Joey Crawford, Josh Tivin and Derrick Collins for swallowing their whistles on the final play of last night’s Miami-Indiana game when Paul George was obviously fouled by LeBron James as he went up for a tying 3-point attempt in the final seconds of the Heat’s 97-94 victory.
The NBA has a practice, only a few years old, of admitting its officiating mistakes through a news release. The person in the league office now responsible for acknowledging those errors is Kiki Vandeweghe.
But checking the inbox this morning, there is no mea culpa. Why not?
We won’t get a good all-Eastern Conference game again until March, when the Pacers and Heat meet for the third time. So that’s 3 months for the conspiracy theorists to spout off — unless the NBA muzzles them all today by admitting the Pacers were wronged.
Not that they would have won, but at least they’d have had a fair shot at sending the game to overtime. And after a terribly officiated game (LeBron James’ second foul in the first quarter, and Roy Hibbert’s third in the second quarter were particularly horrible), the viewing public is owed an apology.
Will the NBA man up and deliver one? If they have any guts, the answer will be yes. We’ll keep checking the inbox, but no, we won’t be holding our breath in anticipation.
And that is a shame, because everyone deserved better last night after a game with true playoff-like intensity arrived a week before Christmas.