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Kevin Garnett responds to Raptors’ complaints about officiating: ‘In the playoffs you’re not going to get calls’

Apr 22, 2014, 7:28 PM EDT

There was plenty of whining coming out of Toronto following the Raptors’ Game 1 loss to the Nets, and much of it centered around the officiating.

The Raptors are new to the postseason, and so are their fans, having not experienced playoff basketball in six years, and having only seen what it’s like to get out of the first round once in the team’s 19-year history.

Blaming the officials for a loss is the worst kind of fandom, reserved for the uneducated and narcissistic who feel the world is out to get their favorite team. Kevin Garnett was more subtle in responding to the chatter, and essentially said that it’s foolish for any team to expect to get the calls in a postseason series.

From James Herbert at

Toronto Raptors coach Dwane Casey found the lack of calls his team received in the fourth quarter of its Game 1 playoff matchup “unusual,” but Brooklyn Nets big man Kevin Garnett is willing to chalk it up to postseason basketball.

“In the playoffs you’re not going to get calls,” Garnett said. “If you do, then you’re fortunate. Playing on the road is very difficult. We know that. Some of us do. And that’s just expected to come with the series. Things are not going to go the way that you want them and you have to just continue to be aggressive. But that’s the difference between experience and non-experience.” …

“I’m not going to comment on officiating, except to say I went back to watch the calls in the fourth quarter and we didn’t get any,” Casey said on Monday. “And that’s unusual.”

It’s Casey’s job to lobby the officials, but nonsense like this, which claims small market discrimination, conspiracy and lack of respect, is bad for the game and only serves to further fuel the fans’ collective ignorance.

Toronto lost Game 1 for basketball reasons (shoutout to David Stern), most of which are intelligently chronicled here. If the Toronto players are truly going to be focused more on the officiating than on making the necessary adjustments, then this playoff series, like all but one in the Raptors’ franchise history, has already been lost.

  1. ningenito78 - Apr 22, 2014 at 8:06 PM

    If Cathal Kelly and Craig Calcaterra had a kid together that kid would look like Cathal Calcaterra.

  2. canadatude - Apr 22, 2014 at 9:14 PM

    What Garnett was saying here was “the refs don’t call fouls on me in the playoffs, even if I am a hack”. He is such a coward. Wants to mix it up with Lowrie, but runs from Big V.

    • j0esixpack - Apr 22, 2014 at 9:49 PM

      What Garnett is saying is what should be well known to every fan and every NBA player

      That in the playoffs, the refs seem to give teams a pretty good home court advantage

      The Raptors will have the same benefit when they play at home. You’ve got to play lights out to win on the road

      The fact that Raptors are whining indicates that they aren’t exactly students of the game and it may be they’re too green to compete.

      • pharohislife - Apr 22, 2014 at 10:41 PM

        The Raptors were at home…they do have the higher seed.

      • kinggw - Apr 22, 2014 at 10:44 PM

        Toronto did have home court advantage. What say you now?

      • jamesbenson1 - Apr 22, 2014 at 11:37 PM

        The Raptors have not been getting the calls at home all season. It isn’t new news. They have never enjoyed home court advantage has suggested. Maybe most NBA teams do, but there is bias north of the border.

  3. mrlaloosh - Apr 22, 2014 at 9:55 PM

    Nobody cares about Canada.

  4. charlutes - Apr 22, 2014 at 10:04 PM

    The nba has told the refs to cheat for Brooklyn. Either that or they are incompetent. Phantom fouls one after another both games on pierce and garnet. And garnet, you ‘re a joke to be talking about getting calls in the playoffs. He cries the whole game, gets calls, doesn’t get touched.

    • Kevin S. - Apr 22, 2014 at 10:19 PM

      Did you actually watch the game? Pierce plagued by foul trouble all game. Garnett getting called (and T’d up) for breathing too loud, apparently. The no-call on Lowry chopping D-Will’s arms after Williams had just been whistled for the exact same call at the other end. The fact that, prior to extend-the-game intentional fouls at the end, the Nets had been whistled more times than the Raptors. You won the game. Congratulations. Now grow the hell up with this “the big mean NBA is out to get us” crap.

  5. ningenito78 - Apr 22, 2014 at 10:16 PM

    Act like you’ve been there before Toronto. Oh wait…

  6. ningenito78 - Apr 22, 2014 at 10:18 PM

    Is Toronto and their fans seriously going to cry their way through the first round? Maybe have DeRozan hit better than 10% of his shots or maybe play a little better defense at the point. Jesus guys. You sound like SEC football fans.

  7. ningenito78 - Apr 22, 2014 at 10:29 PM

    And Kevin S. comes out with the haymaker out of nowhere. Dead on bro.

  8. canadatude - Apr 22, 2014 at 10:32 PM

    Kevin Silver, the commissioners’ baby boy, trying to explain how $200 million will get you one and done in the NBA playoffs. Wow, you may have watched 2 minutes of the series to contribute that. Who’s whining now.

  9. canadatude - Apr 22, 2014 at 10:35 PM

    Who is the whiner now, baby Kevin?

  10. dadawg77 - Apr 22, 2014 at 10:36 PM

    You a league with a former ref who collaborated with gamblers and whose has a senior ref who is a convicted tax cheat, doesnt have to worry about what a coach says for fans to have worries about the integrity of officials.

  11. savvybynature - Apr 22, 2014 at 10:49 PM

    The NBA admitted that there were critical blown calls at the end of 2 of the 8 first playoff games (Clippers/Warriors, Houston/Portland), so how can you say all fans that complain about refs are uneducated narcissists?

    • asublimeday - Apr 23, 2014 at 12:50 AM

      Thank you. Let’s also appreciate the irony of a writer who consistently posts articles riddled with errors calling others uneducated.

  12. canadatude - Apr 22, 2014 at 10:56 PM

    The “veteran” (aging) Nets played like the KC Royals’ first base coach, Rusty Kuntz.

  13. billtetley53 - Apr 23, 2014 at 8:31 AM

    Money: You being a lakers fan and talking about someone elses bias is the height of comedic hypocrisy.
    Thanks for the chuckle this morning. You lakers fans never cease to amaze me with your absurd comments.

  14. billtetley53 - Apr 23, 2014 at 8:32 AM

    Sorry, wrong article for my above comment!

  15. mortalkondek - Apr 23, 2014 at 8:37 AM

    NBA “Officiating” is the worst in all of the major sports. It’s no wonder why people think it is rigged.

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