from henry abbott's True Hoop column on espn.com . . this guy has been a model of neutrality throughout the playoffs and since his column began appearing on espn.com
Hey, More Referee Controversy!
May 25, 2007 9:09 AM
I haven't yet heard from anyone who does not think LeBron James was fouled on that last play. And ordinarily I'd respond with the idea that in the playoffs it's just wrong to expect referees to make game-changing calls when they so frequently "let them play" in big moments. But then people always come back with the way Dwyane Wade was treated in the playoffs last year, and the whole thing just gets ugly from there.
(UPDATE: Remember when I said nobody was piping up for the referees? Email from TrueHoop reader Chris: "Well, now you have. The no-call was completely consistent with how they'd been calling the game all night, and moreover, is how the NBA should be calling more games. No more Ticky-tack fouls for the superstars. The Nowitzki/Wade call from last year is a good example of how not to call a game.")
More than anything, I'm just sad Larry Hughes didn't nail that little jumper. The Cavaliers battled hard and seem well suited to making this Detroit team worry, just a little.
And, push-off or no, great shot by Rasheed Wallace, huh? Always love it when he wants the ball.
Now, about those referees. The Cavaliers, post-game, took the high road, which I respect. It may not be the smart short-term strategy, but there is way too much complaining in the NBA, and to get part of one night off is refreshing. (People always want to know how they can make the world a better place. Less complaining might become my new number one suggestion. The only downside: I complain too.) Plus, Coach Mike Brown made his point clear on the sidelines.