VIDEO: Will the Referees Let the Clippers and Warriors play?

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whistleThrough two days of NBA playoff games, we have seen some horrendous officiating.

Blake Griffin basically got benched by the refs in Game 1 of the Warriors-Clippers series. Dwight Howard picked up his 6th foul late in last night’s Blazers-Rockets game on an egregiously bad call. Four players ended up with DQs in that game, which lasted a ghastly 3:21, featured 65 fouls and made quite a few East Coast viewers a little less productive today at their jobs.

Is this what we should expect for the remainder of the playoffs? Or will tonight, with Thunder-Grizzlies and Clippers-Warriors making up the postseason doubleheader, auger in a new level of tolerance?

Of the eight games played over the weekend, five featured at least 49 fouls called. And in the Clippers-Warriors game, there was no foul called on Draymond Green when he raked Chris Paul across the arms with 18.9 seconds left, causing a turnover that denied the Clippers a chance to go for the lead. That non-call was so unsettling that the NBA issued a statement Sunday admitting its error.

The hope here is that the refs calm down and let the players decide the game. Now that we are in the era of video replay, and with the refs heavily reliant on going to the videotape in the final 2 minutes of games, there is a severe lack of flow that I find highly problematic.

That was one topic of discussion in this interview with Noah Coslov of CineSport.




Draft Street Fantasy Spin: April 21, 2014

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I lost a fantasy writer over the weekend, so I am taking over this column temporarily .. and we’re going to have some fun with it.

The aim in fantasy basketball is to win money. I don’t care if you play in a season-long league in which you hold a draft or an auction, or if you play in daily leagues, like the ones we sponsor through DraftStreet. We are all trying to cash. (I love using “cash” as a verb.)

For those who are new to this, I plan to make it easy for you. For those who have been doing this already, I will offer my insight.

I warn you to take it with a grain of salt.

PODCAST: Autopsy of Saturday’s Four NBA Playoff Games

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So much for that sweep prediction I made in my playoff preview of the Indiana-Atlanta series. At least I wasn’t alone.

Using 20-20 hindsight, I and many others should have seen this coming. 

DraftStreet Fantasy Spin, April 19

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Ties Broken for 2014 Draft Order; Jazz Gain One Ping-Pong Ball

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NBALottery-ping pongNEW YORK – Four ties among teams that finished the 2013-14 NBA regular season with identical records were broken Friday through random drawings to help determine the order of selection for the 2014 NBA Draft, which will be held on Thursday, June 26.

The drawings were conducted by Jason Cahilly, NBA Chief Strategic and Financial Officer, and Dan Rube, NBA Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel. The tiebreak process was overseen by Darrington Hobson, a representative from the accounting firm of Ernst & Young.

The results of the drawings:

_Utah (25-57) won a tiebreaker with Boston.
_Brooklyn (44-38) won a tiebreaker with Washington.
_Chicago (48-34) won a tiebreaker with Toronto.
_Portland (54-28) won a tiebreaker with Miami and Houston; Houston then won a tie-breaker with Miami.

Below is the order of selection for the 2014 NBA Draft, as well as the number of chances for teams in the 2014 NBA Draft Lottery, to be held on Tuesday, May 20.

2014 FIRST ROUND DRAFT CHOICE ORDER

The teams entered in the lottery are as follows (note: the first three picks in the Draft will be determined by the lottery and the remainder of the “lottery teams” will select in positions 4 through 14 in inverse order of their consolidated standings at the end of the regular season):

Milwaukee 15-67 (.183) 250
Philadelphia 19-63 (.232) 199
Orlando 23-59 (.280) 156
Utah 25-57 (.305) 104
Boston 25-57 (.305) 103
LA Lakers 27-55 (.329) 63
Sacramento 28-54 (.341) 43
Detroit (1) 29-53 (.354) 28
Cleveland 33-49 (.402) 17
New Orleans (2) 34-48 (.415) 11
Denver (3) 36-46 (.439) 8
New York (To Denver) 37-45 (.451) 7
Minnesota (4) 40-42 (.488) 6
Phoenix 48-34 (.585) 5

The order for the remainder of the first round picks is as follows:

15. Atlanta
16. Charlotte
17. Brooklyn (To Boston)
18. Washington (To Phoenix)
19. Chicago
20. Toronto
21. Dallas (To Oklahoma City)
22. Memphis
23. Golden State (To Utah)
24. Portland (To Charlotte)
25. Houston
26. Miami
27. Indiana (To Phoenix)
28. LA Clippers
29. Oklahoma City
30. San Antonio

(1) This pick may be conveyed to Charlotte.
(2) This pick may be conveyed to Philadelphia.
(3) This pick may be conveyed to Orlando.
(4) This pick may be conveyed to Phoenix.

2014 SECOND ROUND DRAFT CHOICE ORDER

31. Milwaukee
32. Philadelphia
33. Orlando (To Cleveland)
34. Utah
34. Boston (to Dallas)
36. LA Lakers (To Milwaukee via Minnesota and Phoenix)
37. Sacramento (To Toronto)
38. Detroit
39. Cleveland (To Philadelphia)
40. New Orleans (To Minnesota)
41. Denver
42. New York (To Houston)
43. Atlanta
44. Minnesota
45. Charlotte
46. Washington
47. Brooklyn (To Philadelphia via Dallas and Boston)
48. Toronto (To Milwaukee via Phoenix)
49. Chicago
50. Phoenix
51. Dallas
52. Memphis (To Philadelphia via Cleveland)
53. Golden State (To Minnesota)
54. Houston (To Philadelphia via Milwaukee)
55. Miami
56. Portland (To Denver)
57. Indiana
58. LA Clippers (To San Antonio via New Orleans)
59. Oklahoma City (To Toronto via New York)
60. San Antonio