I'd Like To Know How This Isn't A Flagrant Foul
Let me say right away that I'm not a Celtics fan nor am I a Bulls fan. I could care less about who wins this series. I have no loyalty to either team. With my Warriors nowhere in site, the only thing I'm looking for is exciting basketball. And hopefully decently reffed basketball.
I seem to be getting only one of those two.
As many of you saw last night, Brad Miller got clocked in the head by Rajon Rondo as he went in for the game tying-layup with 2 seconds remaining. Naturally, Miller - who is an 80% free throw shooter - was a little dazed when he finally went to the line, and as a result bricked two free throws which cost the Bulls a chance to tie.
But the question on everyone's mind was, why the hell was there no flagrant foul call on Rondo? I mean, this one wasn't even close. If you read the NBA rules on flagrant fouls, this thing was at a minimum a flagrant 1, and could have easily been a flagrant 2. Rondo never went for the ball, don't even try and argue that he did.
I've seen much cleaner fouls be called flagrant 1's, so what's the deal? Did the refs feel that they shouldn't call a foul at this point in the game? Did they accidentally swallow their whistles? Frankly, I'm not sure we'll ever know. But I at least know this much. Richard Justice of the Houston Chronicle was right when he asked in a column recently, "When did basketball become mixed martial arts?"
And the problem is this happens every year. As a nearly always impartial observer of the NBA playoffs every year (because my Warriors suck), I see this crap happen year in and year out. No league has more problems with officials than the NBA. And it's why I consistently have a hard time taking anything about the NBA seriously anymore. And why should I? Especially if I can't even trust the refs to call a game correctly.