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NBA says refs missed a call at the end of Raptors-Bobcats

Nov 22, 2012, 9:30 PM EST

This doesn’t happen very often, so when it does, you know it was something egregious.

The NBA released a statement saying that the officials missed a foul call at the end of the game between the Raptors and the Bobcats on Wednesday. Charlotte was leading by one, when the ball was inbounded to Andrea Bargnani. He pulled up for a jumper that would have won it had it gone down, but the ball fell well short of the rim, which usually means there was some contact that caused that to happen.

No call was made at the time, and the Bobcats escaped with the victory. But Bargnani was clearly hit on the shot, and the league said so a day later. It doesn’t make any difference for the Raptors, of course, who still end up with the loss.

It’s unclear why the league bothers to make public statements like this; accountability is normally a good thing, but when you can’t go back in time to correct a wrongful outcome of one of these games, it seems to serve little purpose.

  1. charlutes - Nov 22, 2012 at 10:00 PM

    The fact that it serves little purpose is exactly why they did it. Take the opportunity to appear accountable when it can’t hurt you.

  2. sasmalls - Nov 22, 2012 at 10:07 PM

    For the NBA council to be transparent about how they deal with the referee’s mistakes is a bigger than it seems move. They’ve been putting pressure on all bodies, players, owners, ref’s the like, all for the good of the game, and its working.
    Imagine you were the ref who blew that call. I bet you would try a little harder not to do it again.
    Ref’s will now be in the same line of media criticism as player’s.
    Big move from the big guys. David Stern will get the credit from the people, unfortunately, when he’s gone.

    Gotta love the new flopping rules. Basketball is a Canadian made(#hockey), man’s sport. Stop the flopping and man up.. Love it!

  3. leeeroooyjeeenkiiins - Nov 22, 2012 at 10:48 PM

    They’ve probably missed about 10-15 calls in each Raptors game this season. I mean I’ve never expected us to get calls, but good LORD has it been horrible this year. Derozan in particular gets hacked constantly and very rarely is there ever a call.

  4. jeffcor7 - Nov 22, 2012 at 11:25 PM

    It is silly to make a statement like this just because it happened at the end of the game. In the first half, the Raptors clearly traveled on a play that wasn’t called and knocked in a three pointer on that possession. You can’t go back in time and analyze every call or missed call during the course of a game. The officiating has been horrible in several Bobcats games this year, which is not complaining on my part because the Bobcats have won several of those games. But, it doesn’t change the fact that the there have been many missed calls, some right in front of refs who were in position to make the calls. One can only hope the officiating can improve over the season.

  5. captainwisdom8888 - Nov 22, 2012 at 11:28 PM

    Replacement refs anyone?

    (Thumbs Down)

  6. monkeyhateclean - Nov 22, 2012 at 11:29 PM

    Why is this news? Everyone knows that each year, the NBA has about 5 teams that matter and 25 also-rans. The Raptors and the Bobcats fall squarely into the latter group, so why even waste ink on them?

  7. magicbucs - Nov 23, 2012 at 12:03 AM

    During the last 5 years or so I’ve noticed the quality of NBA refs deteriorate. Have you seen some of these guys? They look like they should be refs at my old rec ball league. They are terrible. They should all be held accountable for mistakes but that nazi Jew stern is on his knees for these guys. Can’t wait til the Jew stern is gone.

    • dko83 - Nov 23, 2012 at 2:46 AM

      “nazi Jew stern?” Don’t ever breed, sir.

      • borderline1988 - Nov 23, 2012 at 9:59 AM

        Is there not a moderator on these boards that can delete these comments?

    • amazonfan0007 - Nov 23, 2012 at 12:15 PM

      Disgusting. How a repulsive anti-Semite like you is allowed to post on this board is a mystery. You are loathsome, truly loathsome!!!!

  8. abchome - Nov 23, 2012 at 2:22 AM

    They annouced crucial missing/incorrect calls that could affect outcome of game before.

  9. dannymac17 - Nov 23, 2012 at 5:21 AM

    kinda like when Jordan was basically gripped on his forearm by Perkins yet it was visibly close.

    I dont see the NBA saying anything about that

  10. wu360 - Nov 23, 2012 at 6:06 AM

    Raptors and Bobcats, seriously.

  11. borderline1988 - Nov 23, 2012 at 10:03 AM

    I know it doesn’t matter much (it’s the Raptors and Bobcats…) but this game was particularily horrible.

    The Raptors had no business losing this game regardless, but the officiating was brutal. There were so many fouls that should have been called in the 4th against the Bobcats..it was ridiculous.

    And I remember that Raptors Pacers game a few days back, when Hansborough was literally mobbing opponents on every single play with no calls, but then Hansborough got to the FT line like 6 times in a row.

    The Raptors have been really disappointing this season, but I’d like to see a little more parity with the fouls. The refs make reputation calls far too often.

  12. someidiotfromouthereintheprojects - Nov 23, 2012 at 12:40 PM

    bad calls went both ways, as they do in most every game in every sport. the raptors had a lot of chances in the final 2 minutes of that game to score and they couldn’t. bargnani got away with a couple major flops that should have gone against him, but whatever. it’s not some wild, ridiculous conspiracy and david stern isn’t out to get you, so get rid of the tin-foil hats people.

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