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.




Roy Hibbert Receives NBA Officiating Memo, Plans To Be “On Point”

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Mike Bantom, the NBA’s Executive Vice President of Referee Operations, is cracking down on a very specific point of contention.

The issue at hand? Verticality.

Secondary defenders are permitted to challenge an oncoming offensive player so long as they stay “vertical.” However, according to a memorandum sent to all owners, general managers, coaches and officials over the weekend, there has been a noticeable increase of players bending, if not breaking, the rule.

We have noticed that defenders have been turning sideways when jumping to defend
an oncoming offensive player on drives to the basket. This is illegal and referees are
being instructed to call this a blocking foul.”

The memo contained links to videos showcasing examples of rule violators, including Spencer Hawes, Jonas Valanciunas, Greg Monroe and Jared Sullinger. It also contained one linked example of a slight turn which is deemed legal, as illustrated by Alexis Ajinca.

In addition to those addressed in the memo, Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert was also a recipient.

NBA Admits Refs Missed Foul Call in Mavs-Wolves Game

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malloyNBA referees have had better weeks.

On Thursday, the league admitted that Blake Griffin should not have been given a technical foul – his second of the game, resulting in an ejection – in the Christmas matchup between the Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors.

On Tuesday, the league announced that Dallas forward Shawn Marion should have been called for a foul on his “blocked shot” on Minnesota’s Kevin Love at the end of Monday’s 100-98 win by the Mavericks.

Bernucca: Spurs, Heat showing championships are won on the road

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LeBron JamesThe Memphis Grizzlies and Indiana Pacers have gotten this far in the postseason by winning at home.

But the San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat are going to the NBA Finals by winning on the road.

The Grizzlies and Pacers were very good home teams in the regular season. Memphis was 32-9 and lost just once at FedEx Forum after Feb. 8. Indiana was 30-11 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse and went more than two months early in the season without a home loss.

And while teams in the top of the bracket such as Oklahoma City, New York, Denver, Brooklyn and even San Antonio and Miami stubbed their toes at home early in the postseason, Memphis and Indiana remained perfect in their own buildings. Both teams were 6-0 at home through the first two rounds.

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Bernucca: Time for NBA referees to snap out of it

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Having coached high school basketball for the last two seasons, I have gained a true appreciation for the quality of officiating by NBA referees.

Until this week.

This was a bad week for the league and its referees, as the NBA admitted there were blown calls that changed the outcome of two games.

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