I for one always thought the NBA, the Refs and the Media were treating them like princesses. Now it all comes home to roost, they say adversity builds character and the Mavs have tip toed to the best record in the league without ever getting challenged! Now they face their first challenge of the year and they appear to be crumbling like a sugar cookie.
I said it weeks ago that the Mavs are one injury or big lose from falling apart and it looks like it’s coming true!
I’ll go ahead and make my prediction right now. Mavs lose this series for one of the biggest upsets in NBA history. Avery shows his true colors as a tyrant and loses the teams trust. Cuban blames the NBA and sells the team.
I may be bias but it sure looks like the refs gave this one to the Mavs! Baron Davis ejected for clapping. This is nothing like the Tim Duncan ejection and won’t result in a suspension of any referees but it sure did ensure a Dallas victory!
NBA media princesses will advance with a little help from their friends!
The refs at this point are 5-1-1, and at this point the Dallas game looks like it may make it 6-1-1.
Only upset, Rockets over the Jazz.
Against the spread that is.
The combined records, for the home team against the spread, of the refs officiating the games are as follows:
Spurs vs. Nuggets: 86 - 98. Nuggets beat the spread (1-0 Refs)
Cavs vs. Wizards: 95 - 81. Cavs beat the spread (2-0 Refs)
Suns vs. Lakers: 87 - 100. Lakers beat the spread (3-0 Refs)
Toronto vs. Nets: 92 - 102. Nets beat the spread (4-0 Refs)
Miami vs. Chicago: 93-106. Push on the spread (4-0-1 Refs)
Detroit vs. Orlando: 87-107. Orlando beats the spread (5-0-1 Refs)
Jazz vs. Rockets: 108-85. Rockets beat the spread (5-1-1 Refs)
At the writing of this article Golden State is beating the spread by 14.5 pts, which would make the results (6-1-1 against the spread).
So you see, simply knowing which refs were calling the games, someone could have parlayed some serious cash.
Why was the All-Star game in Vegas again? Which team plays there?
“Joey is a great ref and does an incredible job, and I don’t say that about many referees,” Nuggets coach George Karl said. “Most referees, I go ‘Ugh.’ But Joey, when you see him on the court, you know he gets angry and he has a personality, but you usually feel you’re going to get a good game.”
Some may think he is coming to the defense of Joey Crawford but more importantly I believe he is telling us what here really feels about the state of referees in the NBA! “A good game” what the heck does that mean? Is he implying that a referee would manipulate a game to make it close or exciting for the fans and those paying for commercials?
Is the problem with referees that they miss calls? NO, of course they miss calls they are human! The two things that drive me nuts is that the NBA rarely admits when they made a mistake and that they manipulate the game to make it close. Manufacturing close games is bad for the integrity of the game and is why so many believe that the NBA is rigged and sometimes compared to the Professional Wrestling!
SAN ANTONIO — On Wednesday, Spurs center Fabricio Oberto felt abnormal sensations in his chest. After seeing a cardiologist it was determined to be a heart arrhythmia which is believed to have been caused by minor trauma to the chest (which occurred in the Spurs-Mavericks game on Sunday).
This evening Oberto underwent a procedure which restored his heart to its normal rhythm. He is in stable condition and returned home after the procedure.
He will be monitored the next few days and is expected to play in the Spurs’ first round series against Denver. Oberto averaged 4.4 points and 4.4 rebounds for San Antonio this season.
The Question is… Did Mavericks player Josh Howard’s knee to Oberto’s chest cause the injury?
“Joey Crawford’s handling of this situation failed to meet the standards of professionalism and game management we expect of NBA referees,” said Stern. “Especially in light of similar prior acts by this official, a significant suspension is warranted. Although Joey is consistently rated as one of our top referees, he must be held accountable for his actions on the floor, and we will have further discussions with him following the season to be sure he understands his responsibilities.”
Is there any doubt that Joey Crawford stepped over the line? I don’t believe there is anymore! I’ve heard Joey Crawford described as one of the best; you’ve got to kidding me. If this is the best the NBA has to offer then this must explain a website like NBARefsSuck.com. Joey Crawford is a hot head who has taken his authority too far. I’m not sure Tim Duncan was correct when he said Crawford was looking for camera time but Crawford did believe he was more important to the game than the players. It’s just my opinion but Joey Crawford is an idiot and saying he is one of the best only diminishes the NBA and justifies our website! He may have been a good official at some point but as soon as he started letting his own emotions get in the way of calling the game he lost all crediablity!
I’ve heard some say that this was a meaningless game but this game had potential to be the deciding factor for the Western Conference second seed and home court. Crawford all but guarantied Phoenix the spot, especially since Phoenix lost to Houston.