MD's Finest wrote:Everytime I have seen us go against Griffin he seems to get the most ticky tack calls, and they seem to call allot of contact that he initiates in the post. The fake elbow and the booker fouls were bad but there was one where he got stuck under the bakset and jumped backward into Nene and flailed with no real shot attempt and got a call. With the poor rebounding, FT shooting and turnovers can't really say the refs cost us the game but they definitely made it a tougher climb.
The best part I think about the game was the fact the Wiz did not have a great game and still were right there, they just never let the Clips put them away and if not for a couple big plays from CP3 and some bad FT shooting really could have had this one down the stretch. I just like the whole vibe of the team right now, everyone seems into it and they are getting contributions from so many guys.
Right What was that ?
As for this logic that the refs don't cost teams games. I never understood that. I think people get confused by what coaches tell you and what players say in interviews and what is happening in reality.
Regardless of how many opportunities you miss, if you are in the game down by 1 with 2 minutes to go and the refs made several game deciding crap calls and they all go to one team over the other, then the refs cost you the game. Bad calls costing the game is the very reason they implemented instant reply. Of course the refs can cost you the game.
No one expects them to get it right all the time. Missed calls is part of the game. Usually they realize they missed a call and they do a make up call to equal things out. It looks more sloppy when they do this because now instead of one bad call you see two, but at least it equals out. But when they continually make no calls for your post players like Nene when he get contact and they always call it for the other teams player even when he literally just runs right through a defender that is standing his ground of he jumps backward into a defender that is standing their ground, then the ref do determine the outcome. If the refs calls give one team a +4 or 6 or 8 pts advantage and that is the difference between you being down 2 or up 4 down the stretch, then that is them costing you the game.
The game is supposed to be won or loss by the players on the court. You should not be able to notice an advantage to one team or the other by the refs.
In all fairness, when I was watching the first half, I thought they did a decent job and I was thinking to myself, oh, so this is what it is like to have the better refs call a game. Then the second half happen. Nevermind.