We often wonder what opposing teams, their beat reporters and bloggers are saying about the Celtics. Here’s a look at some enemy chatter from New York.
After a splendid start, the Knicks once again fell victim to that season-old temptress: shitty refs making shitty calls – at both ends, really. Tyson got a tech (terrible call), Shump got whistled for a few chippies, and all of a sudden the Celtics had us right where they wanted us – wasting our energy refreshing the box score to check the foul count. Things evened out a bit down the stretch, and the Knicks started to let even the occasional blown call roll harmlessly off shoulder. Still, it’ll be something to monitor as the series extends.
The one thing that was infuriating was the horrific job the referees did in this game. It is one thing to call a game tight, it is another to try to make yourselves the story. The only thing we were missing was the over reactions on the actual calls themselves. I mean if the Celtics are going to get most of the calls on the road, the games in Boston make take four hours. I hate to complain about the refs, even after a win, but they were atrocious.
The Knicks were whistled for 23 fouls, the Celtics for 19. Boston attempted 19 free throws, four more than New York.
Aside from the touchy calls (11 total) in the 1st quarter, I didn’t have a problem with the officiating. By my count, there were just 6 whistles in the 4th quarter.
What’s your reaction to the officiating?