15 May 2008

At the risk of beating a dead horse...

Even L.A. sports writers are commenting on the bad officiating in this series.

J.A. Adande wrote today:

When the Jazz got close to the basket, there was more contact than in a rush-hour crowd shoving into the subway, but rarely a blown whistle. Meanwhile, at the other end, Lamar Odom breezed past Carlos Boozer for a layup and got a gift and-one. And Utah players and coaches are still wondering how Mehmet Okur could wind up sprawling toward the baseline, leaving Pau Gasol alone under the basket for an easy offensive rebound and dunk to put the Lakers ahead by five points with 20.5 seconds remaining.

The question now is if the Lakers can expect to win Game 6 in Utah, where the calls didn't always go their way in Games 3 and 4...
The rest of the article is just more evidence that the Team Ball Lakers are much more dangerous than the Kobe Show.

T.J. Simers from the L.A. Times:

NBA Commissioner David Stern stopped by the press room before the game and said he had just met with the referees, I presume to remind them how excited he is about the upcoming Boston-L.A. Finals.

For some reason when this game started, the refs called four fouls on Utah, none on the Lakers, and then tagged Jazz Coach Jerry Sloan with a technical foul.

No need to make it so obvious, guys.

Makes me shake my head.

6 comments:

Anna said...

I watched the game last night and was reminded why I have a love hate relationship with basketball. Love: I understand it better than most sports and its fast paced. Hate: because terrible reffing makes me angry and I prefer to avoid TV that makes me angry.

Josh said...

Guess what, Brandon. I'm going to the Jazz game tomorrow!

Matty Gibb said...

That Simers column was weird. How did that get printed by the LAT? Local newspapers are always totally biased, but it's usually for the home team!

Brandon said...

That's kind of the point, G.

Matty Gibb said...

Come on, B, let's see a prediction for tonight's game.

1. Who wins?
2. How does Boozer do?
3. How many times do we hear about Utah's average fouls per game from the commentators?

My predictions: 1. Utah. 2. Shoots around 40%, has 12 boards. 3. 4 times

Filbert Karo said...

Hehe Matty Gibb was right on the last two....