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Dan Gilbert calls something (probably officiating in Heat loss) ‘complete and total joke and tra’

Mar 19, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

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Despite surrendering 25 first-quarter points to LeBron James, the Cavaliers surprisingly stayed competitive with the Heat in 100-96 loss last night.

But there are apparently no moral victories in Cleveland. (At least publicly. With Kyrie Irving injured and playoff hopes slipping away, I wouldn’t be shocked to see the Cavaliers embrace tanking).

At the end of the game, Cavs owner Dan Gilbert expressed his dissatisfaction with… something.

Gilbert not finishing what he started? Consider me shocked.


You can take it to the bank.

Oh, where was I?

Right, last night’s game. If it’s unclear what Gilbert meant, his next tweet provides a strong clue.

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First of all, I’m never a fan of simply citing free-throw and foul stats without context – as if those should be equal. Some teams deserve more calls than others.

To start, because the Cavaliers trailed late, they thrice fouled the Heat. Remove those, and the disparities – 6-3 on free throws, 6-2 on fouls – no longer seem so egregious.

But that’s still not enough context. The Heat are more talented and more athletic than the Cavaliers, a combination that typically does and should lead to drawing more fouls.

In addition to a correctly called Tyler Zeller moving screen, here are the circumstances that led to Cleveland’s five other fouls:

  • Chris Bosh caught a pass wide open in the mid-range and got a full head of steam heading toward the basket
  • Norris Cole was on the verge of breaking ahead in the open court
  • Chris Andersen caught a pass right at the rim
  • LeBron caught a pass through traffic while cutting full speed toward the basket
  • LeBron drove by Alonzo Gee, who was caught flat-footed

Want to avoid getting called for so many fouls? Defend better. The Cavaliers were whistled so often because they put themselves in poor position to defend without fouling.

Of course, it’s not just the called fouls that swing games. It’s the uncalled fouls, too. In that regard, Gilbert has at least one legitimate gripe:

Gilbert being right, though, won’t prevent the league office from looking into these complaints. Maybe Gilbert can claim the first tweet referenced something else and the second tweet just stated facts, but it’s going to be an uphill battle to avoid a fine from Adam Silver.

  1. jcmeyer10 - Mar 19, 2014 at 11:02 AM

    Tra rastafari?

    • beach305 - Mar 19, 2014 at 1:21 PM

      They should have a rule and make owners sell the team after ten years if they are in the bottom 5% every year.

    • pbtunpaidwriter - Mar 19, 2014 at 2:41 PM

      Can you take it to Quicken Loans bank?

  2. spthegr8 - Mar 19, 2014 at 11:08 AM

    The Jim Irsay of the NBA Twitter world. A little advice Dan. If you want a better product…..LEARN HOW TO RUN YOUR FRANCHISE!!!! Ijs!!

  3. RavenzGunnerz - Mar 19, 2014 at 11:17 AM

    Is it me or does he look like Jim Irsay?

    • campcouch - Mar 19, 2014 at 11:27 AM

      maybe Irsay moonlights as Gilbert

  4. campcouch - Mar 19, 2014 at 11:24 AM

    Boggles the mind as to why there are so many Cavalier and Browns articles around. Does someone sit around and ask “What’s going on in Cleveland tonight?”…I could see the interest if they were winning titles left and right,but it seems to be nothing newsworthy. Are these fanbase driven or just trolling for coins?

    • chief0727 - Mar 19, 2014 at 11:40 AM

      This is only a story today because the Cavs played the Heat last night. Had this been tweeted following a game with the Pistons, Bucks, etc. no one would have even heard about it.

  5. chief0727 - Mar 19, 2014 at 11:37 AM

    I think this article misses the point. Gilbert’s complaints do not appear to be directed at the fouls called on Cleveland, they appear directed at the NON-CALLS against the Miami Heat in the 4th quarter. I watched this game. Once the fourth quarter rolled around the Cavs got railroaded by the officiating. This is nothing new. LeBron is a superstar and the NBA has ALWAYS given the benefit of the doubt to the superstars. There are two incidents specifically. With 3-4 minutes left in the game Spencer Hawes goes into dunk and LeBron blocks the dunk. Good defensive play, however, the replays clearly show LeBron’s left forearm planted in Hawes chest to stop his momentum toward the rim. That is clearly a foul, but the officials swallow the whistle. With 1-2 minutes left Dion Waiters is going in for a layup/dunk and LeBron and Haslem block the shot in defending him. Replays once again show Haslem BODYCHECKING Dion causing him to land awkwardly on his hip. Once again the officials swallow the whistle. I realize many of the national media are Heat homers, but if your going to take the time to write an article with accompanying video, at least get the subject matter correct. Left me save you some time Dan Feldman, the Heat are very good—they don’t need you trying to defend their honor by twisting around what the fans whooping boy (Dan Gilbert) tweets.

  6. cbking05 - Mar 19, 2014 at 11:53 AM

    That is beyond incredible. What a complete and total joke and transvestite look-a-like…

  7. miamatt - Mar 19, 2014 at 12:13 PM

    Could Dan Gilbert possibly be a bigger tool?

    • eugenesaxe1 - Mar 19, 2014 at 7:23 PM

      Mrs. Gilbert has the same question.

  8. indyzown - Mar 19, 2014 at 1:10 PM

    That’s funny . Because the exact same thing happened in the heats win over the rockets the other night…. it’s funny how Miami gets the benefit of the whistle. .

    • reesesteel23 - Mar 19, 2014 at 4:24 PM

      Amazing…..They lose 5 out of 6 and everybody says they lost fair a square.

      They squeak one out finally and its back to blaming the refs. Only thing that will satisfy anyone like you is an 0 – 82 season.

  9. tampajoey - Mar 19, 2014 at 1:10 PM

    It’s business. The new NBE (National Basketball Entertainment) is all about money and there is not enough money to be made with Cleveland winning.

    • gofinsgoheatfloria - Mar 19, 2014 at 10:22 PM

      but there is enough money to be made with Indianapolis winning?

  10. lilyen311 - Mar 19, 2014 at 2:13 PM

    Can all of the Anti-Cleveland writers start ignoring our city and worry about covering all the other sports franchises in all the other cities? We would appreciate it!

  11. 00maltliquor - Mar 19, 2014 at 8:12 PM

    Who’s AB? Andrew Bynum?? Did he forget he traded him?

    • chief0727 - Mar 20, 2014 at 12:39 AM

      AB is Anthony Bennett…Nice try though

      • 00maltliquor - Mar 20, 2014 at 9:03 AM


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