Who are you going to believe, the NBA or your lying eyes?


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  1. Michael Drew says:

    I hate the Lakers as much as the next guy, but it should be said that earlier in the game there were some questionable calls that went against the Lakers. (A three-second violation? You have got to be kidding.)Report

  2. Will says:

    Thank you for this.Report

  3. Of course you know why it happened. The NBA dearly wants a Kobe vs. LeBron Finals. They will stop at nothing to get it. Do you really think the NBA wants an Orlando vs. Denver Finals? I know it would mean Dwight Howard vs. Carmelo but still. Every sports show on radio and TV admits the NBA wants a King James/Kobe Final.Report

  4. Keljeck says:

    And this is why Vince McMahon should be allowed to host RAW at the Pepsi Center on Monday.

    At least Pro Wrestling is an honest sport.Report

  5. Jaybird says:

    I don’t know. The officiating in Pro Wrestling is pretty bad too.Report

  6. E.D. Kain says:

    Bad officiating ruins almost every Super Bowl, too.Report

  7. paul h. says:

    lol, good call on putting this in the “Torture” tagReport

  8. Sonny Bunch says:

    Ah, the refs wanted the Lakers to win. That must be why the Nuggets shot 11 more free throws. Other than a mildly questionable reach-in call against Kenyon Martin there at the end, I’m curious to know which of those calls at the end of the fourth were “laughably bad.” Even that one was probably ticky-tack, but it was definitely a reach-in.

    The reason the Lakers pulled ahead in the fourth is because Fisher hit some threes after being stone cold all night and came up with some key steals in addition to hitting their free throws (more of which were called in the fourth because the Lakers dumped the ball into Gasol and Kobe drove to the hoop more often). Or maybe the refs magicked the ball into Ariza’s hands on that inbound? Or into the hoop on Bryant’s late dribble-penetration kick-out to Fisher?

    I won’t disagree with you that NBA officiating is spotty, and that some refs are much worse than others (if the Lakers go up 2-0, look for Bavetta in game three in Denver to make sure the series goes at least five or six games). ESPN’s Bill Simmons, the NBA’s biggest defender, has long made that case. But I didn’t see anything particularly egregious last night.Report

  9. Joe says:

    I hate NBA officiating, but in the fourth quarters of the Lakers-Nuggets series it has consistently gone in favor of whichever team drives the ball more. When the Nuggets won Game 2 it was because Billups drove to the hoop and collected a bunch of free throws, while the Lakers shot too many jump shots trying to catch up. Game 3, the Nuggets shoot and miss a zillion three-pointers while Kobe drives the ball and gets to the line and Gasol makes a couple of clutch baskets inside. Game Four, the officiating was so randomly bad as to rule out any rational scheme behind it – besides, the Lakers just lost that one. Sorry, but you’re going to have to appeal to specific examples if you’re going to justify your theory that the officiating favors the Lakers on balance. To Lakers fans it looks like a conspiracy when the refs don’t call the trip on Dahntay Jones, don’t give him a flagrant for a two-handed shove in the back when keeping possession would be crucial for the Lakers, that kind of stuff, or when they periodically let the big guys bang around down low and swallow their whistles, giving the advantage to the Nuggets, who can’t match Gasol’s skill and height and have to push him off the block.
    Kings-Lakers in 2006 or whenever that was – ok, the Game 6 was shady, if I recall. They started calling stuff for Kobe and esp. Shaq that hadn’t been called in the previous games, and the Lakers had a huge FT advantage. But that was a while ago now. Certainly you can make a pretty airtight case that there’s a double standard for superstar perimeter players – Wade in the Finals against the Mavs, LeBron’s many travels at the ends of close games, Kobe getting benefit-of-the-doubt touch fouls while driving in the fourth quarter. So insofar as the Lakers have one of those players, maybe so. But in this series Billups has gotten those calls too when he drives to the hoop. He just lowers himself into a horizontal stance and runs into Gasol’s thigh – two points. It’s pretty well documented that certain refs are more affected by the home crowd than others, but again, that only favors the Lakers when they’re at home. So yeah, the officiating is bad, and it often goes in favor of superstar players, but it also often goes in favor of the home team, whoever that might be.
    As for Game 1, you’re going to have to say more than “I saw it.” There is easily accessible video of the game – give us some examples.Report

  10. Joe says:

    I should have said, Kings-Lakers in 2002 (I think).Report