Jilted Celtics fans will wear Tim Donaghy masks

Celtics fans to protest officiating with Tim Donaghy masks

6/1/12 in NBA   |   JoeKukura   |   492 respect

Blog Photo - Jilted Celtics fans will wear Tim Donaghy masks Boston Celtics fans can no longer mask their frustrations with the officiating in the Eastern Conference Finals. Many will be masquerading around the TD Garden for Friday night's Game 3 against the Miami Heat in masks of disgraced former NBA referee Tim Donaghy.

Donaghy, you'll recall, is the referee who admitted to betting on games he was refereeing, and making calls that would affect whether a team covered the point spread. He resigned as an NBA referee in 2007, and was released from prison in 2009.

The masks are available online at CBS Boston, and represent some of the worst Photoshopping I've seen since that time they tried to make Katie Couric look skinny. Donaghy's chin is half cropped-off, and it looks as if these people have never even heard of the Magic Lasso tool.

The masks are the product of Toucher & Rich, a Boston sports radio Morning Zoo kind of team. Their web page presents a full airing of Celtics fans' officiating grievances.

"Twenty-five technical fouls on opponents of the Miami Heat in the postseason vs. only seven on the Miami Heat themselves," charges the Toucher & Rich blog. "Five technicals on the Boston Celtics during Game 1, none against the Heat. Doc Rivers saying, “Come on, Ed” and getting a technical. Paul Pierce fouling out while LeBron James is whistled for just two fouls."

These Boston mushes do have a point regarding the foul discrepancies. The Celtics were called for 33 fouls in Game 2, the Heat just 18. Lebron James alone was awarded 24 free throws in Game 2, while the entire Celtics team had 29.

One could reason that Boston took more perimeter shots, whereas Miami went to the rim more, and therefore drew more fouls. Not so, according to a New York Times analysis.

"The Heat took 26 3-point shots; the Celtics attempted 16," writes Times basketball analyst Peter May. "According to one basketball website which tracks these kinds of things, Pierce, Rondo, Kevin Garnett and Brandon Bass got to the rim 21 times and took 28 free throws. James, Wade, Udonis Haslem and Mario Chalmers got to the rim 23 times and took 45 free throws."

There is, however, one reason to doubt a Tim Donaghy-style referee gambling conspiracy in Game 2. The Heat were eight-point favorites coming into Game 2. Miami won, but only by a close score of 115-111.

In other words, the Celtics did at least cover the spread.
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6/1/12   |   Pat   |   5234 respect

The officiating was terrible, particularly in game 1, but true fans know better than to blame the refs for the results. The needless technicals cost the Celtics at least 4 points in game 1, and they lost by double digits.

In game 2, the refs were bad as well, but they didn't seem unfair towards either team.

The bottom line is that NBA officiating will always be terrible, and people need to accept that. Hopefully it doesn't go against your favorite team at the wrong time, but sometimes s***  happens.

6/1/12   |   jjh8857   |   344 respect

Talk about bush...The NBA has always been about the individual star.  Magic Johnson got calls, Michael Jordan got calls & yes LeBron James & Dwayne wade get calls.  Newsflash: They're great.  They make plays.  They've earned it.  KG gets calls.  Ray Allen gets calls.  Paul Pierce gets calls.  Now that the series is in Boston you'll see the Cs will get their fair share of calls too.  The first sign of a booger eater sports conversation: Blaming the refs.