One play never makes or breaks a basketball game. There’s too much in between that could have gone one way or the other.
However, the Celtics certainly got screwed late in Game 6. Paul Pierce was driving to his left, trying to get around LeBron James. You probably saw it. The whistle sounded, it had to be a blocking foul on King James, right? Wrong. Offensive foul against Pierce. So much for having to have your feet set to get an offensive, it’s LeBron, at The Q, so of course it’s an offensive.
Now whether or not a basket at that point would have helped the C’s to overcome the Cavs and win the game i don’t know. Probably not. But, the call itself was a microcosm of this series. If you’re at home, you get the benefit of the doubt, without question.
Now I know that Tommy Heinson is about as homeristic as one could be, but his comments on the call are pretty telling. “They should fine the referee that made that call,” he said.
I love what he said about LeBron too. “I would love to be LeBron. Every time he’s in Cleveland he either makes the shot or he gets the call.”
Celtics 11-13 at the line. Cavs, 21-of-25. Hmmm. Celtics called for 25 personals. Cavs, 16. Hmmmm. To the Cavs credit, they did outrebound the Celtics 45-37, and Wally Sczerbiak’s three from the left wing late in the game was huge. That shot won the game, and i think he might have taken it from the third row.
Let’s just hope that the Celtics get that kind of love from the refs in Game 7 Sunday ….. at home.
I’m not going to get into any more details on Game 6. I only saw the fourth quarter (I was photographing a wedding tonight). When I got in the car the Celtics were giving away all they had worked to get back at the end of the third quarter. By the time I got home they were down nine. They got it down to three, and if the call had gone the other way, who knows.
But they’re at home Sunday, where they’re 7-0 in the playoffs. On the road, they’re 0-6. Let’s hope that home cooking tastes really, really good.
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