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@SB718 but you are correct. it is time to move on *smh*
1 year ago on Thunder drop a tough Game 3 to the Lakers, 99-96
with the Pacers (going to be) coming out of the east - the NBA does not want two "small market" teams in the Finals.
@sasamoto mind boggling. absurd. a joke. fill in the blank: ____________
The Los Angeles Lakers average 22.9 free throw attempts a game.
last night: 42.
42 free throws..... most of them being drawn from "in the bonus" - totally bogus calls on James Harden on Kobe. OKC 2. Lakers + Zebras + Jack Nicholson + the NBA league office: 1.
"How embarrassing are these fouls called against Harden? Seriously…. the first and fourth fouls called on Harden are so phantom. Please. Stop."
ESPN PTI panelist Michael Wilbon twitter
this is not whining. your head would have to be in the sand to not think it egregious.
-ESPN PTI panelist Michael Wilbon twitter
@Old Man Game there is a lot more where this came from.... the content was fascinating and depressing.
@Old Man Game certainly: here it is -
even Mike Wilbon is calling it out....
the NBA wants an "interesting" and "extended" series. thats all.
THE FOUL ON JAMES HARDEN: when he was back-peddling as Kobe Bryant brushed up against him (drawing the absurd foul) was a sad indicator of the fact that the game was indeed fixed for the Lakers. :(
Tim Donaghy is an exile from the basketball community - obviously. Being a former cheater, the contents of his book are not naturally not as credible as words coming from a man with a clean record. But PARTICULARLY the piece about the NBA interested in the big market teams is no fallacy. Everyone who knows anything about the real world/big business understands this.... Do not think Tim Donaghy as lying here.
LA shot 42 free throws to Oklahoma Cities 28.
I WOULD HIGHLY ENCOURAGE ANYONE TO READ THE WHOLE ARTICLE. very sobering.
The 2002 Western Conference Finals between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Sacramento Kings presents a stunning example of game and series manipulation at its ugliest. As the teams prepared for Game 6 at the Staples Center, Sacramento had a 3–2 lead in the series. The referees assigned to work Game 6 were Dick Bavetta, Bob Delaney, and Ted Bernhardt. As soon as the referees for the game were chosen, the rest of us knew immediately that there would be a Game 7. A prolonged series was good for the league, good for the networks, and good for the game. Oh, and one more thing: it was great for the big-market, star-studded Los Angeles Lakers.
In the pregame meeting prior to Game 6, the league office sent down word that certain calls — calls that would have benefitted the Lakers — were being missed by the referees. This was the type of not-so-subtle information that I and other referees were left to interpret. After receiving the dispatch, Bavetta openly talked about the fact that the league wanted a Game 7.
"If we give the benefit of the calls to the team that's down in the series, nobody's going to complain. The series will be even at three apiece, and then the better team can win Game 7," Bavetta stated.
As history shows, Sacramento lost Game 6 in a wild come-from-behind thriller that saw the Lakers repeatedly sent to the foul line by the referees. For other NBA referees watching the game on television, it was a shameful performance by Bavetta's crew, one of the most poorly officiated games of all time.
The 2002 series certainly wasn't the first or last time Bavetta weighed in on an important game. He also worked Game 7 of the 2000 Western Conference Finals between the Lakers and the Trail Blazers. The Lakers were down by 13 at the start of the fourth quarter when Bavetta went to work. The Lakers outscored Portland 31–13 in the fourth quarter and went on to win the game and the series. It certainly didn't hurt the Lakers that they got to shoot 37 free throws compared to a paltry 16 for the Trail Blazers.
we will be alright :)
1 year ago on Thunder at Lakers: Game 3 Pregame Primer
nobody can hit anything. 0-5 fg
told ya it was going to ESPN-NEWS
7 pt game. ITS OVER. CHANGE!
its unfortunate for Boston that they no longer have Brian Scalabrine to bail them out in these situations