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Celtics-Heat Game 4: Rajon Rondo punks Heat in halftime interview on whining about officiating

Jun 4, 2012, 12:42 AM EDT

Rajon Rondo, after dropping 10 assists in the first half of the Celtics’ Game 4 win over the Heat, spoke to ESPN reporter Doris Burke for the standard halftime interview. And took a shot at the Heat right off the bat. 

“They’re complaining and crying to referees in transition.”

That’s pretty succinct. 

Rondo’s correct in that assessment. He was able to get out and slice through the defense at will, because the Heat were stunned at how the game was being called. Unfortunately for Rondo, the Heat responded in the second half, closing an 18-point lead to take the lead in the fourth quarter. They didn’t hold on, but definitely responded. But Rondo got the win, and the Heat were left whining about officiating after the game when LeBron James fouled out. The call was bad. Many of the calls were bad. 

Nothing changes the result, and Boston goes to Miami tied 2-2 with all the momentum.

  1. bleedgreen4life - Jun 4, 2012 at 12:47 AM

    As much as i dislike Boston, Rajon speaks the truth.

    • duane888 - Jun 4, 2012 at 3:43 AM

      Miami had a “right” to complain. The ref’s were clearly not giving them any calls. Wasn’t Boston the ones complaining in the first 2 games they weren’t getting any calls??

      Well, it looks like the ref’s decided to be the 6th man for the C’s & call a bullshiit game.

      • florida727 - Jun 4, 2012 at 7:37 AM

        Safe to assume you’re a Heat fan?

        Face it, the league, purely for revenue and exposure reasons, wants the series to go at least 6 games… and now it will. I wouldn’t go so far as to call these games “fixed”, but I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: during the Bulls run of 6 championships in 8 years, they NEVER lost a game refereed by Steve Javie. Look it up; it’s a fact. If you don’t think the league has “input” into the results of games, you’re delusional. Calls like the foul on Pierce, or the foul on LeBron, are either way fouls, or “no calls”, OR they can tilt a game in a certain direction.

        LeBron’s foul wasn’t one if this game was taking place in January instead of June. What? You don’t think the league wants another Garden game on Thursday? Please…

      • slowclyde86 - Jun 4, 2012 at 7:48 AM

        Hey duane, how did you feel after game two? Did you think the refs were the sixth man for the heat, or did you think the heat won fair and square? Be honest. I am willing to bet you had zero problems with that game. Dont be a whiney hypocrite. All this carping about the officials is getting really old.

      • infectorman - Jun 4, 2012 at 9:05 AM

        The Freakin GALL of a Heat fan to cry about FOULS? after all the BS of Game 2?
        Your team was handed the game in game 2 and Heat should be down 3-1 right NOW. Unbelievable your post.

        As if Garnett Traveled? As If Baby Wade didn’t get all Body prior to “stealing” the ball from Pierce. Dude, YOU cannot start crying about Refs now.

        ESPECIALLY after the arrows hurled at Boston fans for calling out the major blown calls of game 2. .

        I posted the same thing as what Rondo said 2 days ago: Wade is too busy crying and looking for calls to get back on D and help his team.
        He defines a Me-first player.

        How about helping your team in transition defense Baby Wade? What a Pu$$y that guy is

      • zekemob - Jun 4, 2012 at 9:44 AM

        “The ref’s were clearly not giving them any calls”

        Except for the 30 fouls that were called on Boston (2 more than the Heat’s 28) and the 24 free throws that Miami shot (4 more than the Celtics).

        Soooo, if the Heat weren’t getting any calls, then what does that say about the Celtics?

        For the series so far: Boston has 106 Personal Fouls and Miami has 91
        Miami has 114 Free Throw attempts and Boston has 91

        Quit your crying!

      • berbes - Jun 4, 2012 at 9:50 AM

        hey duane, how much labrick & co can you fit down your throat, anyway? boston in 6 and i HATE boston…i just hate the miami kids more. i’m such a hater :).

      • borderline1988 - Jun 4, 2012 at 1:24 PM

        The travelling call on Garnett and the non-call on Wade’s strip of Pierce were the only bad calls going against Boston.
        Every other borderline call went against Miami, including the fouling out of the MVP of the league, which was due to 4 BS calls. Remember that charge that Pierce took when he was clearly in the arc? Or the one that Pietrus took when he certainly was moving? That’s besides the obvious BS calls on Jame’s 5th and 6th fouls.

        And let’s not even talk about the 1rst half, when the refs were handing out and-1s to Boston every time they scored. Or that absolutely brutal call on Ray Allen being way out of bounds that led directly to a 3pt shot.

        This was the poorest referred game yet in these playoffs (by any measure) and Boston reaped the benefits of it. As soon as Lebron fouled out, everyone knew that the game was over.

        At the end of the day, having home advantage gets you some calls. Miami got a key non-call in game 2, Boston got at least 3 or 4 key calls in game 4.
        Both times, the opposing team had legitimate arguments that the refs screwed up and handed the game to the other side.
        You can’t delve on these things, but Boston fans should never complain about referring, b/c when they play in TD Gardens, they always get the calls.
        And Garnett is a dirty, drity player who should be fouling out every game. He has mastered the innocent flailing arms or fouling players when refs aren’t looking. If there was a ref trained only on Garnett, he would foul out every game before the first quarter is over.

      • duane888 - Jun 4, 2012 at 3:12 PM


        In game 2, the call probably should have went against Wade on Rondo. Some ppl have said various replays don’t show Wade touching Rondo’s face at all. I don’t know for sure, that’s my view. But had Wade gotten that foul, there’s no proof Boston would have won the game.

      • duane888 - Jun 4, 2012 at 3:31 PM

        @ zekemob

        So what?? The fouls could be 500 for Miami and 5 for Boston. What does that mean??

        “Basketball 101” When you crash the offensive boards, majority of the calls will go your way. That’s the way it is, deal with it!! Miami’s been doing it against everyone all year long. Boston is a primarily a jump shooting team.

    • zekemob - Jun 4, 2012 at 2:12 PM


      I’m a die hard Knicks fan so I can be unbiased because I hate both of these teams, but you have to be kidding me.

      The refs idea of home cooking for the Celtics is to call the game evenly in Boston. Their idea of home cooking for the Heat is what happened in game 2 where Boston got called for almost twice as many fouls as the heat, Lebron had 5 less free throws than the Celtics combined, the Celtics had 3 guys foul out where Miami didn’t have any players with more than 4 fouls, and Wade and James had 4 fouls combined.

      I thought game 1 Knicks-Heat was the worst officiated game ever until I watched Game 2 Celtics-Heat.

      The officiating for the Western Conference Finals and the ECF is like night and day. Why? Because the NBA doesn’t care which one of them comes out of the west. It’s great either way. They are dying for the Lebron story in the finals again and it shows. NBA = WWE

      • zekemob - Jun 4, 2012 at 2:17 PM

        By the way,

        Game 1 Knicks at Heat – 33 Free Throws for Miami. 11 for NY, Only 2 Knicks out of the 12 that played attempted a free throw.

      • duane888 - Jun 4, 2012 at 3:24 PM

        Are you serious. The knicks are lucky they won a game. Counting fouls is not indicative of one team not getting fair shakes.

        The disparity in fouls showed that one team knows how to crash the offensive boards consistently (as they’ve been doing all year), as opposed to having a a lone superstar that plays isolation with jump shots.

        I can’t see your arguement.

      • zekemob - Jun 4, 2012 at 3:28 PM

        Really offensive rebounds? Knicks were 5th in the NBA, Miami was 10th. Please stop. I bring statistics and you bring hot air.

      • duane888 - Jun 4, 2012 at 3:36 PM

        I’m not talking about about league rankings. I’m talking the actual series. You want say the Knicks weren’t outplayed and they should have won ??

      • borderline1988 - Jun 4, 2012 at 4:48 PM

        I never said ‘home-cooking’. I don’t think the refs are biased or specifically out to screw either team.
        Just that when you are in a building as racous as TD Gardens, it takes a lot of courage to make a call go against Boston. The fans there are truly pyscho, and if you don’t think that gets into the refs heads, you’re flat out ignorant. That double-foul on Garnett & Lebron – the fans would have gone nuts if the ref only gave the foul to Garnett (which was deserved).

        Btw – gross number of fouls don’t mean anything. You have to point to specific plays because some teams like to attack the rim more, and obviously they’d get more fouls. Boston takes a lot of jumpers (which they seem to be making in this series) than Miami, or at least when Miami decides to be aggressive. Therefore, you’d expect more fouls to be called on Boston than Miami. That’s basic basketball. For instance, Garnett rarely attacks the rim (he likes to take 8 – 12 foot turnaround jumpers), so you wouldn’t expect him to draw contact. Same with Ray Allen. Lebron and Wade, on the other hand, are at their best when they are attacking the rim with everything they got.

        Anyways, my point is, from here on out, don’t complain about Miami receiving preferential treatment. Boston had no business winning this game, but the way the refs called it bailed them out.

        Like I said before, it would be hypocritical of me to blame this on the refs. Had Miami played even slightly better defense in the first half, they would have won this game. But I’m tired of Celtics fans complaining about the refs. You have the biggest flopper in the history of the game on your team (Paul Pierce) and the dirtiest player in the game (Garnett). And refs always favour Boston on their homecourt.

      • zekemob - Jun 5, 2012 at 9:53 AM


        I’m talking about the officiating in game 1 of Knicks Heat. I don’t know why you are mentioning the series. That has nothing to do with anything. This thread is about Boston Miami. The Knicks had too many injuries to important players to compete fully.

        Even with that your point makes no sense. The Knicks had 15 offensive rebounds to the Heat’s 13 in that game. The game was close going into the middle of the 2nd qtr and then the refs took over with non-stop charging calls and illegal screens on everyone. You can’t beat 5 players and 3 refs.

  2. savvybynature - Jun 4, 2012 at 12:51 AM

    Anyone think a fan-friendly step to end the flopping would be to scale back or eliminate the bonus?
    I don’t want to see a guy get free throw for getting bumped 60 feet from the basket. I want to see a basketball game, not a free throw shooting contest.
    Would make fouls less important and put the game more in the hands of players and not the refs. If fouls are less important, there is less incentive to flop. 3 flops in a quarter now and you are halfway to bonus.

    • savvybynature - Jun 4, 2012 at 12:52 AM

      Excuse me most of the way to bonus.

  3. savvybynature - Jun 4, 2012 at 12:54 AM

    And yes, Rondo was right, and also hilarious.

    • duane888 - Jun 4, 2012 at 3:46 AM

      …and Lebron was fouled and ref’s didn’t call it.

  4. scalfor3 - Jun 4, 2012 at 12:55 AM

    the officiating was horrible both ways. 2-2. best of 3 now. may the best team win

    • Josh - Jun 4, 2012 at 8:33 AM

      I know, right? I haven’t watched many NBA games the past few years. After watching the first four games of this series I remember why. The refs have been HORRIBLE in every game. I am not saying I could do a better job. Reffing these guys in the playoffs is so hard. But damn is it frustrating to watch stupid calls made and easy calls missed.

  5. hwatt - Jun 4, 2012 at 12:57 AM

    sooo, I guess this is the refs’ make up game after blowing game 2 against Rondo?

    • duane888 - Jun 4, 2012 at 3:47 AM

      no games 3 and 4 were both make up.

  6. murkcity32 - Jun 4, 2012 at 12:57 AM

    i wonder if rond recalls the whining he and doc did after game 2? funny how things change

    • binkin21 - Jun 4, 2012 at 1:33 AM

      He whined because the Celts got robbed big time in Game 2 you Heatles homer

    • mornelithe - Jun 4, 2012 at 2:14 AM

      I think the keyword in your statement is AFTER the game, not during transition when Rondo’s tearing your defense apart. I welcome, _welcome_ players and coaches speaking out against the reffing in this series, it’s absolutely abhorrent. There were bad calls and no calls throughout Game 4 on both sides (Lebron’s foul out, Rondo’s 5th foul, Wade Clobbering Pierce during a strip, and Ray Allen clearly stepping out of bounds before dishing to Dooling for a 3).

      So far this series, I don’t think there’s been a night where you can say the refs were top notch. I don’t know what it is, but their inconsistency is pretty awful.

  7. 69jaredallen69 - Jun 4, 2012 at 1:08 AM

    Can’t decide what sports athletes flop worse…soccer or basketball. Officiating has been atrocious all playoffs but the flopping is becoming embarrassing

  8. labratre - Jun 4, 2012 at 1:14 AM

    Congrats Rondo, the C’s lose next 2, series over in 6. Chris Bosh will play in game 5, or on the road for game 6. The Pacers did the same thing, started talking trash, and got themselves ran out of the gym the rest of the way. I like Rondo’s game, he’s been great in this series, but, let sleeping dragons sleep.

  9. lucidsportsfan - Jun 4, 2012 at 1:19 AM

    Greatest halftime interview quote I have ever seen. The Celtics/Rondo closed out Game 3 two nights ago on exactly such a play:

  10. Mr. Wright 212 - Jun 4, 2012 at 1:21 AM

    Refs cheated in Game 2 or else Miami is down 3-1. I hate Boston and HATE Rondo, but I love this.

    • duane888 - Jun 4, 2012 at 3:54 AM

      How would Miami be down 3-1 ?? That call in game 2 didn’t decide the outcome of the game. It was just a missed call. But the C’s cried so bad, the league said something to the ref’s about games 3 and 4.

      There’s no way Lebron should have fouled out, and the Heat should be up 3-1.

      • kappneffect - Jun 4, 2012 at 6:17 AM

        What they could have and could not have done is of no regards. They “are” not up, nor is Boston. The fate lies in what will happen and not what should. Let’s enjoy the ride though, yooooooooo!

  11. asublimeday - Jun 4, 2012 at 1:42 AM

    Is Lebron’s vagina okay? Will Wade be able to get laid tonight?

    • kappneffect - Jun 4, 2012 at 6:21 AM


  12. dirtybird2020 - Jun 4, 2012 at 1:58 AM

    3-1 celtics!

    • kappneffect - Jun 4, 2012 at 6:19 AM

      sir, it is 2-2. Sorry to have to inform you. I do want the men in green to take it though…just my preference due to the homoerotic speech they gave back when touching tips.

      • kappneffect - Jun 4, 2012 at 6:20 AM

        and “they” being the Heat.

  13. txnative61 - Jun 4, 2012 at 2:12 AM

    Ha! Exactly like I told my kid about homer umps in Little League. Just forget it and focus on your next play, life’s always going to BE like that. Noticed Rondo on the floor crying for a foul on Wade in game 3, while the Heat went the distance. Now he’s thinking its a game two can play.

    • txnative61 - Jun 5, 2012 at 2:28 AM

      OK, lots of you didn’t like that I posted the absolute truth. I can prove it though, going forward. If there is ever a time when no calls are questioned by anyone, with replay, in any sport having officials then I am wrong. And if complaining is ever effective in changing an outcome retroactively then I would be wrong in that case. The best approach for players remains to forget it and play harder faster than the other team, as Rondo did. Just sayin–just is!

  14. duane888 - Jun 4, 2012 at 3:58 AM

    I’m the last person in the world to say that NBA games are fixed, but after witnessing the brutal officiating in games 3 and 4, i just might change my opinion on that.

    What a horrible game of officiating !!! SMH

    • davidly - Jun 4, 2012 at 6:20 AM

      Translation: You were nearly certain that there was nothing untoward about the officiating until your team didn’t benefit from it.

      • duane888 - Jun 4, 2012 at 3:44 PM

        Not at all. I can respect when the other team wins the game fairly. But when the calls are this bad and obvious, even the occasional fan is left wondering what’s going on.

    • kappneffect - Jun 4, 2012 at 6:30 AM

      hahahaha… this is the epitome of everything bandwagoning embodies! If you believe this, then you should have proof beyond the skewed realm of your team not getting the calls you think they should. It should be very much evident across the board in the broader scope of things. Anyone will preference their teams over that of another, but that is just how we roll….

      Prove it, or don’t say it…. YOU BANDWAGON FAN! hahahahahahah….

      • bozosforall - Jun 4, 2012 at 9:21 AM

        Bandwagon? Like all the Celtics fans who have only been here since 2007? Or Red Sox fans since 2004? Or Pats fans since 2001? Or Bruins fans since last season? New England fans are the BIGGEST bandwagoners on the planet.

      • kappneffect - Jun 4, 2012 at 10:22 AM

        I am not disagreeing with you. No qualms here. The point was not to pit one bandwagon fan against another…but simply put, it was to expose who the bandwagoners are…

      • bozosforall - Jun 4, 2012 at 10:27 AM

        The bandwagoners have already been exposed. They, in large part, are from New England…far outnumbering all others. Problem solved.

      • kappneffect - Jun 4, 2012 at 11:00 AM

        someone’s a little vaginal today. Lol… Mellow out. There are bandwagoners for every major team in every major city. If there is some sort of freak phenom, they will bandwagon it regardless of location… whatever.

        That’s not the case in debate here. The point is that the OP of the comment in question has been exposed and his comments are of little validity.

      • bozosforall - Jun 4, 2012 at 11:12 AM

        My condolences that you are vaginal today. TMI you telling the rest of us, if you ask me.

      • kappneffect - Jun 4, 2012 at 12:03 PM

        Exactly. Bow out like a ma…, 6-year old. Lol…

      • bozosforall - Jun 4, 2012 at 1:20 PM

        Bow out? Please, child. Keep the sand out of it, hermie.

      • duane888 - Jun 4, 2012 at 3:50 PM

        @ kappneffect

        Never been a bandwagon fan, just want to see a fair game called.

        That series back in the day btwn the Lakers & Kings was another example of bad officiating with everything going the Lakers way.

        What’s wrong with me pointing out bad officiating ??

    • brunobser - Jun 4, 2012 at 9:29 AM

      How many times you gonna keep crying duane? Get over it. Everyone knows that the home team gets the calls.

  15. koloofai - Jun 4, 2012 at 5:01 AM

    Lakers vs Kings 2002 WCF.. The Donaghy Fixing fiasco.. Its been done before

    • drewzducks - Jun 4, 2012 at 11:44 AM

      Definitely. That’s why the Lakers presented him with a ring the next season.

  16. diablito0402 - Jun 4, 2012 at 5:55 AM

    Well theres a difference from the heat whinning because they need lebrons 24 freethrow attemps and complaining from boston not getting calls when rondo getting slapped on the face during a lay up..

    • kappneffect - Jun 4, 2012 at 6:31 AM

      Nice. Very funny too!

  17. davidly - Jun 4, 2012 at 6:16 AM

    You can tell who’s grown coddled with a sense of entitlement and who already knew they were gonna get screwed by the reactions to the calls against them: Shock/Outrage vs. the “Man, it figures,” expression, respectively.

    • bozosforall - Jun 4, 2012 at 9:24 AM

      The only sense of entitlement here is coming from the Boston fans.

      • phaden27 - Jun 4, 2012 at 12:06 PM


      • bozosforall - Jun 5, 2012 at 10:32 AM

        I don’t see any Miami fans with any sense of entitlement. In fact, they all seem more put upon than anything.

  18. wherezwaldo - Jun 4, 2012 at 7:01 AM

    Miami should go for a new name over the offseason. Im thinking “Beaches” very fitting.

    • bozosforall - Jun 4, 2012 at 9:22 AM

      And Boston should be the “Cunties”. Fits both the team and the fan base equally.

  19. gingerkid2000 - Jun 4, 2012 at 7:12 AM

    To the dummies who are saying that Rondo & Doc whined about the officiating after game 2. You are a bunch of pathetic liars! Go find yourself any footage of them complaining about the officiating after game 2. Doc made his comments about the officials giving him a tech after game 1 and he was right! At least according to the majority of the sports analysts who wrote about it. Everyone knows that Miami got away with a bunch of bs calls (or no calls) in the 1st 2 games but their fans & C’s haters aren’t man enough to admit it. Stop acting like the C’s are a bunch of prima donnas, unlike the Heat who actually are! If Miami wins this series everyone will be putting a big old * next to it because there is no doubt whatever they’re giving the refs down in South Beach, they’re giving to them great.

  20. pftwstbshmc - Jun 4, 2012 at 7:23 AM

    I find it very funny how Wade and James take exception to being touched while trying to make a basket, but think it’s perfectly okay for them bowl people over, grab arms, waists. Niether of them has been or ever will be considered a “great” player by any true fan of the game because of it.

    • gmsingh - Jun 4, 2012 at 10:16 AM

      People will never root for whiners, so Miami will continue to be the team people love to hate.

  21. uscfan1988 - Jun 4, 2012 at 7:29 AM

    I find this hilarious the Celtics are the biggest team of whiners in the NBA Paul Pierce never believes he commits a foul and Garnett argues everytime hes called for a foul. Btw isn’t Rondo who was whining about a call earlier this year and tossed the ball at the official? I hate the Heat and all but the Celtics complain more than they do.

    • duane888 - Jun 4, 2012 at 4:00 PM

      I’ve said from many many years ago even b4 Lebron went to the Heat, that Pierce, Rasheed Wallace and Manu Ginobolli are the worst whiners in the league. None of them ever think they commit fouls.

  22. diabloryno - Jun 4, 2012 at 8:27 AM

    I can’t believe Rondo, his teammates, the Heat or 99.9 percent of the NBA would have any nerve to say another player or team is whining about calls.

    • kappneffect - Jun 4, 2012 at 10:35 AM

      And no one should argue or dislike… I thought they were gonna get stricter and hand out techs for all of it, yet I see the crybabies pilling in the refs faces and nothing… wtf?

      • diabloryno - Jun 4, 2012 at 12:42 PM

        Play ball, man. The refs are going to f-up calls just like any of us would if we were in their position. You can’t get ’em all right. Rondo needs to just play ball, James needs to just play ball, Wade needs to just play ball, Pierce needs to just play ball, etc. Complaining about the refs obviously is the thing to do by players, coaches, and fans. Just go play ball, man.

  23. omniusprime - Jun 4, 2012 at 8:48 AM

    Queen James is sniveling again to the refs to help him win a title, he’s not man enough to win one on his own. David Stern has done everything he can to tilt the table in the Heat’s favor but Queen James isn’t man enough to be able to win the title. LeBoring should go play in the WNBA where he belongs.

    • lyndseymarieee - Jun 4, 2012 at 10:49 AM

      I can assure you, the WNBA probably doesn’t want him either.

  24. bozosforall - Jun 4, 2012 at 9:14 AM

    Gotta laugh at all the Boston hypocrites that whined and cried about the first two games, yet are here pretending like the refs didn’t affect the past two games in Boston’s favor. Time to STHU, Boston crybabies..or further expose yourselves as the hypocrites that you all are.

    • gmsingh - Jun 4, 2012 at 10:20 AM

      bozo, you’re just not bright. I already explained to you about the discrepancy about the trips to the line in the first two games, but your drug addled brain didn’t register it. Can’t you take up a collection and get that much needed transplant before you post again?

      • bozosforall - Jun 4, 2012 at 10:25 AM

        And I already explained to the simpletons such as yourself, that mere numeric disparities do not account for WHEN the fouls are called (you know, kind of like hitting shots when the game isn’t close but failing to do so when the game is on the line). You might want to take your own advice and take up your own collection for a brain transplant. It’s painfully obvious that you lack the proper brainpower to see that simple arithmatic doesn’t mean squat when one team gets bogus calls when it matters most vs. totalling overall fouls earlier in the game. Good luck with your upcoming operation because you are going to need it.

      • gmsingh - Jun 4, 2012 at 10:38 AM

        Perhaps you can use the same numerical analysis to the thumbs down ratings your posts are going to get!

      • bozosforall - Jun 5, 2012 at 10:35 AM

        Perhaps (rightfully so), I don’t give a $hit about what you morons think of me. Anyone (read: the Boston idiots who post here) who measures self-worth by the “number of thumbs down posts one gets” has serious self-esteem problems.

      • gmsingh - Jun 6, 2012 at 3:29 PM

        Hey, at least you can be happy if you set the record for most thumbs down ratings. At least you will have accomplished something.

      • bozosforall - Jun 6, 2012 at 4:42 PM

        Only losers care about their “thumbs ratings”, idiot. That’s why the Boston fans get all riled up whenever I post and send out the call for their fellow crybabies to log on and click the down button on my posts. Pretty funny actually how pathetic they are and how easy they are to manipulate.

  25. crmgoodness - Jun 4, 2012 at 9:27 AM

    Love him or hate him, Rondo sure is something. I can’t help but think this is exactly the type of quote that the hick from French Lick would have come up with back in the day. Today with the mid, during, postgame and on the freethrow line interviews we have to blog, saturate and overanalyze everything. These teams genuinely do not like eachother and it’s great. Rondo’s quote was just him shooting from the hip and it reflected that dislike. Love it.

    As for the officiating, it’s been absolutely dreadful both ways. In general the NBA’s officials are pretty bad, but this series has hit new lows in my book. You knew it was going to be bad when there were 5 technicals called in the first game. Regardless of who they were on, they reflect a “look at me, I’m a ref” type attitude that can’t be good for either team. Consequently it appears an edict has come down to limit the T’s, because Wade almost took flight from his arm flaps over the last 2 games and Lebron’s convulsing after the kicked ball call last night would most certainly have warranted technicals in a Game 1 world.

    As it is, every trip down the floor I expect a foul to be called…when one isn’t it’s a surprise. That’s not fun basketball to watch.

    It would be nice if the NBA would take a page out of the NHL’s book and swallow the whistle in the next 2-3 games. I’d like to see the games ending with the best players on the floor for both teams.

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