Re: Tainted Championship
posted at 8/2/2010 3:55 AM EDT
Wow Rondowski called me pal, reminds me of Dane Cook and the whole pal-chief-bro comedy bit. Idk I bought the game on iTunes and I watch it all the time. I could kinda see some plays that go both ways in the 4th quarters. I even compiled a list:
11:43 - Pau fouled by Big Baby, basket and 1 (bad call, but Pau missed the FT)
11:07 - Pau hacked by BB after off. rebound (good call, ball out of bounds & then miss by Kobe)
10:42 - Pierce fouled by Vujacic (good call, ball out of bounds)
10:09 - Artest was fouled on a breakaway lay-up by KG but it was not called
9:54 - R Allen draws blocking foul on Kobe (could have gone either way but tie goes to offensive player, ball out of bounds and eventual KG miss)
8:46 - Kobe fouled by R Allen while shooting a 3 (questionable call but one regularly made, Ray was all up on Kobe but Kobe definitely created the contact by swinging his arms to shoot a la Reggie Miller; 3 FT's made by Bryant)
7:29 - Artest fouled by Pierce, basket and 1 (good call, Pierce was slow to rotate & fouled him with the body; FT is good
7:13 - Ray fouled by Kobe (good call, Bryant fouled him with the body; Ray makes 1 of 2)
6:49 - Pau fouled by an over the back Sheed (bad call, there was contact but you don't make that call in the playoffs; Pau misses both)
6:29 - Ray fouled by Fisher while shooting a J (bad call, Allen looked like he sold the call even though there was some contact, Ray makes both FT's)
5:56 - Kobe draws loose ball foul on Big Baby (good call, Baby hammered Kobe. Celtics are over the penalty so Kobe shoots FT's; makes both)
5:36 - Moving pick by Big Baby against Fisher thats not called, Ray misses anyways
4:38 - Pau fouled by KG shooting a J (questionable call, Pau faked the shot and KG ran into him. There was contact but Pau kinda leaned in to draw it, similar to what Paul Pierce routinely does; Pau makes both)
3:21 - Kobe fouled by Pierce while dunking (good call, clean block up top but Pierce made contact with his arm; Kobe makes 1 of 2)
2:47 - Pau fouled by KG (good call, good hard foul by KG that prevented a dunk; Pau makes both)
2:20 - Pau draws blocking foul on Pierce (good call, slow motion showed that Pierce's feet werent set. Stupid foul anyways by Pierce, especially since it was at half court and the Celtics were in the penalty; Pau makes 1 of 2)
2:14 - Pierce fouled by Artest (good call, Artest stupidly fouled Pierce even though he was 5 feet behind the 3-point line; Pierce makes both FT's)
1:30 - Most controversial play of the game. Pau jumps and then lands before letting his shot off. Hard to tell at game speed but replays definitely showed that his left foot was down. Referee was 5 feet away from the play but he was looking at the ball the whole time. Tough call to make since the other refs were so far away from the action. Definitely a missed call but I don't think its as controversial as some people make it out to be.
0:55 - Another crazy play that I don't believe the refs missed. Right after Artest's 3 pointer, Rondo picked up his dribble and dragged his pivot foot about a foot before getting the assist on Ray's corner 3. Should have been called a travel especially since he was all by himself.
0:27 - Pau definitely looked like he pushed off of Rondo to get the rebound, but the foul on Kobe by Sheed was a good call. I find this play more controversial then Pau's up and down because it led to Sheed fouling out.
So in all that equals to 10 good calls, 3 bad calls (2 went against the Celtics but Lakers missed all three FT's they took from those calls), 3 questionable calls (2 went against the Celtics, those calls being Kobe's 3 and Pau's foul by KG that could have been a non-call) and 5 non-calls that should have been either fouls or travels (3 went against the Lakers with the Pau push-off on Rondo and his up-and-down basket going against the Celtics). I personally don't think that this is some sort of conspiracy because most of the calls made were the correct ones and the bogus ones that were made ended up not even making a difference because of missed FT's or missed shots after taking the ball out of bounds. The non-calls were what kinda startled me but more of those calls went against the Lakers. The questionable calls weren't as bad; I've seen calls like Kobe's 3-point attempt called even in the playoffs, thats one of the risks of playing up close on your man. I know most Boston fans will disagree, but I'm pretty sure those fans only saw the game once and never really went back to watch it again. If they did maybe they'll come away with a different opinion. While watching, I tried my hardest to be impartial because I didn't wanna come off as the typical Lakers fan spewing hate and ignorance. Hopefully I succeeded.