Celtics, refs take one away from Knicks

Posted: April 17, 2011 in Knicks

I guess I’ve come to expect poor officiating in the NBA, and I honestly believe games are fixed because of it.
Don’t get me wrong, the Boston Celtics are one hell of a team. But they didn’t deserve tonight’s win over the Knicks. It was taken away from New York with a series of late head-scratching calls and non-calls, one after the other, almost to the point where I couldn’t believe what I was watching. Then again, I remembered, this is the NBA and it’s par for the course.
The Celtics beat the Knicks 87-85 tonight on a Ray Allen three with 11 seconds left. But the game really was lost before that. With the Knicks clinging to a one-point lead, Carmelo Anthony was whistled for an offensive foul on the ever-flopping Paul Pierce with 22 seconds left. Before that, Chauncey Billups was murdered driving to the hoop (he had to leave the game with an injury). Billups was actually fouled by two different Celtics players on that drive, but no call. Before that, the Knicks were whistled for a questionable offensive foul on a play that would have resulted in a Toney Douglas 3-pointer and seven-point Knicks lead.
And those are just three plays off the top of my head. I’m the first to give Boston credit, especially their veteran core and their magnificent head coach Doc Rivers (who drew up some big plays out of timeouts to help the Celtics comeback), but they’re tough enough when you’re playing them on a level playing field. When you have to play them and the refs, you’re in for a tough night. The thing that really steams me is the holier than thou attitude NBA dictator, excuse me, commissioner David Stern takes when talking about his refs. If someone criticizes his beloved refs, it’s fine city, yet anyone can see these guys aren’t getting the job done.
Still, lot of positives for the Knicks tonight. They played tough defense. Amar’e, as I stated earlier, was a beast. They showed they could go toe-to-toe with the Celtics on their home floor. Just hope this loss isn’t too deflating for them going forward.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s