Sunday, June 8, 2008
This was supposed to be must see TV. This was the most hyped NBA Finals since the Jordan era. But come on! The first half of Game 2 was very hard to swallow. The officiating was flat out horrendous! Like most of the country, you probably missed the second half and the near historic collapse by the Celtics because, well um, it was almost midnight on a Sunday night!
I know officiating is always a question in the NBA. You can't always cry about the refs. Usually when the refs make a horrible call, they make up for it later on the other end.
I am neither a Lakers or Celtics fan. But how the hell does Leon Powe have 9 free throw attempts to the entire Lakers' team total of 1 with 6:11 left in the first half!
At halftime, Boston had a 19-2 free throw advantage! This never happens in the NBA. You could argue that Boston attacked the rim more than the Lakers, but don't tell me that Bryant, Odom and Gasol weren't aggressive.
Boston had 38 free throws to the Lakers's 10! That doesn't happen in any basketball game no matter what level. Sure it was going to be a route.
Props to the Celtics' defense? The Lakers still shot over 50% from the field and almost came back from 24 down with under 8 minutes left in the game. All that while Boston shooting 38-10 from the line!
Of course Phil Jackson played his usual mind tricks and didn't shy away from the one sided officiating.
"I'm more struck at the fact that Leon Powe gets more foul shots than our whole team does in 14 minutes of play. That's ridiculous."
He added: "I've never seen a game like that in all these years I've coached in the Finals. Unbelievable."
Every game is officiated differently and players and coaches feel out how the refs are calling the game and adjust their play accordingly.
"It was a foul every single time down. We never were able to get into that flow, at that pace that we like to play at."-Luke Walton.
How does Kobe get called for 3 fouls in the first half! I mean he's the best player in the game and the MVP! Two of the three fouls were complete touch fouls with very little contact. So Mamba's PT was limited in the first half.
You would have never of seen Jordan treated this way. Could you imagine how Jordan would have reacted with such treatment?
What happened to the notion of "letting them play the game?"
I love how during some timeouts ABC tries to pull a "Lakers celebrities in the crowd" stunt. Last night in Boston we saw Antoine Walker (yeah, you probably don't even know who he is), Jon Lester, Curt Schilling, Magic Johnson and David Stern.
Speaking of Schilling, enough of the Paul Pierce drama. The guy is not hurt! Quit comparing Pierce to Willis Reed, Kirk Gibson or "ketchup packet in the sock" Schilling.
The second time around was a bunch of Patriots' players and Leonardo Dicaprio.
This series will more than likely go seven games. Let's hope the better team wins.
If not, dome shots all around for the Celtics courtesy of Rachel Nichols.