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Stan Van Gundy says LeBron shouldn’t have fouled out of Game 4

May 30, 2013, 1:35 PM EDT

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Stan Van Gundy appeared on the Dan Patrick show on Thursday, and had some interesting comments on the officiating we’ve seen during the eastern Conference Finals.

Van Gundy believes that games this deep into the postseason actually should be called differently than those played during the regular season, which is a deviation from how most purists of the game tend to see things. The popular argument here goes something like, “if it’s a foul in the first quarter, then it’s a foul in the fourth quarter.” But it makes sense that things should be watched even more carefully when the games that are being played are at their most important stage.

Taking that idea a step further, Van Gundy also said he didn’t think the sixth foul called on LeBron James near the end of Game 4 was justified. He went on to explain in detail, and basically said that because of how Dwyane Wade didn’t use the screen that James set, that it didn’t end up being part of the play, so Lance Stephenson backing into the screener and tripping shouldn’t have been cause for James to pick up that sixth personal foul.

Check out the clip above for the entirety of Van Gundy’s comments.

  1. azarkhan - May 30, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    “The only reason guys flop is because it works…” Exactly right. The league needs to stop insisting that referees call silly, ticky tack fouls.

  2. gmsingh - May 30, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    Van Gundy would have more credibility if Dwight Howard wasn’t able to get him fired at a moment’s notice. Oh, and boo hoo for LeBron.

  3. dolphindubs - May 30, 2013 at 1:52 PM

    There is no consistency with officiating. It differs from game-to-game, and even quarter-to-quarter. Get rid of the human refs, BRING ON THE ROBOTS!

    • jaerba - May 30, 2013 at 3:08 PM

      I think this is another major issue, on top of the refs making flatout bad calls.

      Whenever they make tough calls at the start of the game, we hear about how they’re setting a tone for the rest of the game. Except they haven’t actually been doing that these playoffs. I think this year more than ever before, we’ve seen wildly different refereeing styles from half to half.

      If you’re going to let them play rough early, you should be letting them play rough in the 4th quarter. If you’re going to call tickytack fouls early, you should be calling tickytack fouls in the 4th quarter. Neither of those has really been happening.

  4. ninerfan81 - May 30, 2013 at 2:13 PM

    I dont mind the refs making a mistake or two but just be consistent throughout the game. Dont call the game tight in the first quarter, light in the second, and vice versa. LeBron fouled out because he’s forced to do too much at both ends of the floor vs the Pacers, his team is too small and the Pacers are showing more effort. I dont think they’ve won a 50/50 ball all series long.

  5. fanofevilempire - May 30, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    the nba should add another ref (4) so you can lesson the possibility of
    game changing foul call.

  6. yousuxxors - May 30, 2013 at 3:15 PM

    the refs call way to many fouls nowadays and are not consistent in calling those fouls. a hard foul in the 90s is now a flagrant. they don’t allow any team to gain momentum with calling every tiny foul. its really starting to make the game unwatchable. LET THEM PLAY. I didn’t turn on basketball to watch people shoot free throws because someone tapped his hand. this is why people flop because the refs call tiny fouls. I wonder what the free throw average was back in the day or am I going crazy? does anyone agree with me?

  7. all4patriots - May 30, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    Lance S did not “trip” when you see the replay. Lebron stepped ON TOP of his foot. When you are stepped on it takes you out of the play.

  8. glassnblr - May 30, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    Great point all for patriots.
    When a 250 lbs freak of nature stomps on your foot,it’s going to take you out of the play.

  9. kavika6 - May 31, 2013 at 4:17 AM

    Van Gundy will say whatever contraversial thing he has to to get into the headlines.

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