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League says refs butchered two flagrant calls

Chuck - Red's Army May 2, 2011 Uncategorized 4 Comments

Via Sun Sentinel:

The NBA has reclassified two fouls from Sunday's contentious second-round playoff series opener between the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat.

James Jones' technical foul with 7:59 remaining in the fourth quarter of the Heat's 99-90 victory at AmericanAirlines Arena was rescinded. However, the Heat reserve forward was retroactively charged with a flagrant foul, penalty one for his foul at that juncture, when he landed hard against Celtics forward Paul Pierce.

The league has a point system in place that can lead to postseason suspensions for excessive flagrant fouls or technical fouls over the course of the playoffs.

In addition, Jermaine O'Neal's flagrant foul, penalty one at 2:30 of the third quarter for a shoulder thrown by the Celtics center at a driving Jones has been downgraded by the NBA to a personal foul.

The Heat turned the Jermaine O'Neal flagrant into a five point possession (2 James Jones FTs and a Mike Bibby 3). The sequence sparked a 9-0 run late in the 3rd quarter.

The lack of a flagrant call on Jones cost the Celtics a chance at two more points.

Had the refs not blown the calls, this game would have been much closer down the stretch.

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  • http://profile.typepad.com/jmeedu James Eisenman

    All I can say is I told you so. Yes the Celtics did enough on their own to give this one away but these are just the bad calls the NBA reversed. The game was filled with enough poor calls to have given the Celtics a win regardless of their mistakes. Momentum is everything in a basketball game and these clowns did everything they could to steal the momentum.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/trsjr91 BleedGreen34

    dont forget the 2 defensive 3 seconds called on the celtics as well as the many no calls on celtic layups when the heat take the ball to the hoop and the whistle is blown before the foul is even committed

  • http://profile.typepad.com/jmeedu James Eisenman

    LOL. That was in my earlier post when he said that the refereeing did not affect the outcome of the game. Pierce, Green and Rondo all had drives where they were hacked and no call and Dwayne Wade got the call every time he drove. I agree

  • http://profile.typepad.com/bwilson71 Bwilson71

    The words “butcher” and “Ed Malloy” fit together nicely.