Celtics fans to protest officiating with Tim Donaghy masks
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.