Re: Home Court Advantage
posted at 1/6/2011 3:57 PM EST
In Response to Re: Home Court Advantage
[QUOTE]Games 1, 2 and 7 of last year's finals were officiated inconsistently at best, and motive driven at worst case. Games 1 & 2 were called so tightly that our bigs were in foul trouble very early. In game two, Kome was also in foul trouble, but the refs refused to give him that 6th foul. The Celtics won game two and magically games 3, 4, 5, and 6 were called like every other play-off game of 2010, until game seven. Game seven? ... well If it had been in Boston It could have made the difference.
Posted by TeamUmbutu[/QUOTE]
TeamUmbutu, I'm just not that observant to validate all of your conclusions with any degree of certainty. The officiating wasn't the best during the Finals but I honestly cannot agree with your theory about WHY it was that way. I just don't know about that. I don't see proof of those allegations.
I tend to rely solely on what differences the players make on the court. To me, if Perk plays in game seven regardless of how its officiated or the game being played at Staples or TD Garden, I believe the Celtics win. Plain and simple, Perk plays, Celtics win.
I tend to eliminate all the conspiracies and point to the players. I don't think each time the Celtics grabbed home court in last year's playoffs (Cleveland, Orlando and LA series), you can point to changes in the officiating to somewhat "even things out" for the remainder of those series.
Until the Finals, we pretty much had an easy go of the playoffs even as the 4th seed. I think that proves that we did not need home court. And if game 7 boiled down to some mysterious calls favoring the Lakers, which it did not, I'd then lend some credence to your theory.
I just don't think having home court really mattered last year. Again, this year Miami and Orlando seem better (which come playoff time I don't think they will be) but we ARE BETTER.