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LeBron traveled, the refs blew it, and now our season is almost over

RedsArmyAdmin May 10, 2011 Uncategorized 6 Comments

LeBron James scored a key bucket in the paint that put Miami up two with :48 left.  Paul Pierce would later tie it and… well… we know what happened to end regulation. 

But it should never have gotten to that point.  The referees blew an OBVIOUS traveling call on LeBron James on that bucket.  It's something Rob Mahoney illustrates perfectly on Hardwood Paroxysm.


It's impossible to predict how the game would have finished had this been called.  Its possible the Celtics would have missed their next shot and Miami would have won at the buzzer.  But given recent history, it's also very likely that the Celtics could have scored to go up 2 and put the pressure on Miami to tie the game. 

We know how they've closed out games when they've been behind.  Hell, LeBron choked and turned it over to give the C's a chance at the win.  

I will always say that if it came down to a ref's call, then you probably could have done something else to win the game (Ray's missed tech FT, Rondo's missed layup, botching the final shot of the 4th).  But it would still be nice if the refs at least made the OBVIOUS call.  

Honestly… this is just a kick in the balls to know this could have ended differently in regulation.  

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  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p01157053529f970b zippittyay

    is that the infamous, patented ‘crab dribble’?
    You should slow down one of wade’s patented spin moves, it’s 5 or six steps.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p01156f2d28d7970c BigMck

    The worst part… the referee has a clear view.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/alexcosta Alex Costa

    Shit happens.
    The Celtics could have won if Rondo didn’t screw up on an easy layup attempt. Even I could have made that shot. Whatever.
    If the Celtics manage to win three games in a row vs Miami, they will be true Celtics.
    One game at a time. They MUST win the upcoming game and they could possibly force a Game 7 decision.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/viva2811 viva

    So refs got their fingers in every game except the one we actually won?! Intentional or not, they blew it,or didn’t, depending on a moment.
    This eats me alive, knowing that C’s could actually win those games even with crappy playing. Maybe they wouldn’t, but still…
    Eh, now will never know.
    Anyway, now it’s time to make a wish, ’cause miracle might be bored.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/licktheglassitol Classless

    Hit your layups (Rondo) and this doesn’t matter.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/kwapt KWAPT

    What he said.