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Reffing fail


Jeff Van Gundy is one of my favorite former coach analysts -- he's intelligent, perceptive, and not afraid to question the rules and the refs. After watching tonight's game 6, I am fervently in favor of an officiating overhaul.

Why are the referees in this league never held accountable? The players and coaches aren't allowed to speak out against them or face suspension if they do. Owners and other staff face fines. Why are the refs so untouchable? How many blown calls does it take before someone speaks up? We all remember 2008's Tim Donaghy, right? (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/11/25/13-nba-referees-in-bettin_n_370088.html) He named 13 other referees in that scandal, and no action was ever taken by the NBA.

I'm not suggesting that this game was bought one way or the other, but too often close games are determined by poor reffing and not the play of the guys on the court. It's completely unfair to players and organizations that give their all, just to have it taken away by a bad (or series of bad in tonight's game) call.

Fix the NBA by fixing it's officiating. We use computers and replay in so many other sports, why not basketball? Why only in the last 2 minutes? Why only reviewed by the officials on the court? Why not a group of analysts with an "eye in the sky" view of the action? Tennis can track whether a ball hit at 140mph touched the line or not, we should certainly be able to tell if a player stepped out of bounds.

The game tonight was extremely frustrating. I thought the Clippers' second unit showed incredible heart and tenacity. I give credit to Memphis for fighting it out tough, but ultimately the game was given away in the last minute by a couple blown calls by the refs. Shame on them for taking away at least a shot at LA winning this game.

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