NBA Playoffs: Blatantly Inconsistent Officiating

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I don’t want to sound like a broken record here, and I tried avoiding about this yesterday, but the more I think about it, the more I have to point this out. I will show you two videos, both with incredibly similar actions by players, and yet we have very different outcomes.

Let’s have a look at an incident from yesterday’s game:

 

Now compare that with this:

 

 

This is not a case of whether a shove should be something that a player gets thrown out of the game for. It’s a question of consistency (or lack thereof). These are not isolated incidents that I’ve cherry picked. As I said before, the former was from yesterday’s game. The other was just from the second round. Both were involving Miami. Mohammed received an ejection for one shove. Anderson received a fragrant 1 (no ejection) for two plays (first the cheap, hip check and then the shove). Now I know it has been announced that Anderson has been suspended for game 6, but, this retrospective punishment is really not the point (I say that because what if this game was an elimination game for the Pacers. Anderson would have finished the game, but served his suspension against San Antonio because Miami won game 5. The foul occurred against Indiana. It should have been addressed in that very game.) In both incidents, the officials looked and reviewed the monitors. How is it possible that we get such completely different results for virtually identical transgressions?

With each series Miami plays in, it seems to many genuine NBA fans, they are losing their legitimacy as a genuine sporting competition. I know I am one of them. I have grown up watching the NBA and playing basketball. I will never stop playing, because I love the game. But, and this might just be because of the injuries and so many teams not being able to compete due to that, but my interest in the NBA is fading with each series.

It’s bullshit. And it needs to stop.