I totally agree with the last call, which was a foul on the Jazz. rnHowever, I
think that only makes up for a handful of no calls that went the Thunders way
last night. Instead of looking at the calls that go against the leagues best
players, these officials should be looking at every game.rnThe Jazz showed a lot
of heart in the game last night, and in the end, I think the better team won.rn
Probably was, but sometimes the bad call goes for you, and sometimes it goes
against you. This time it was for us. That's sports!
Confession is good for the soul! Thank you NBA for confessing to the obvious.
How about coming clean with the numerous other fouls that were mis-called last
night. Any comment on the blocked shot that landed D-Will on the floor?
was fouled. Sorry OKC.
MAY I REMIND YOU:NEW YEARS EVE, 2009.If you don't
remember, go watch the end of that game. Watch Paul Millsap get hacked to
death.Justice was served last night.
I understand the frustration Thunder fans may have at the non-call at the end of
the game. However, how many other fouls were not called during the course of the
game? Let's be honest, not every foul is called during a NBA basketball game.
It's true that the non-call in question here would have made a difference.
However, so would have every other non-call during the game. If the NBA were to
go back and give Durant the chance to shoot free throws because of the non-call.
They should review the entire game and allot free throws to every player who had
a non-call foul.
Did they review the phantom call Durant got a couple posessions before to get
within one? I would like the NBA to publicly make a statement to say that it
definetly should not have been a foul. In fact, I demand it.
The NBA has no business releasing statements like that unless they want to go
through the entire game and point out every bad call made. It just happened to
be the last one. This isn't the first time that the ref's have swallowed their
whistles on the last play of the game and I'm sure it won't be the last. For the
NBA to single out this game and that one play is hypocritical at best.
You have got to be kidding me. First, why on earth are they coming out saying
yes, it was a foul. They were not there, next to the players in real time.
Basketball is a contact sport, and contact is made every play. The officials are
there to interpret the contact, and it was interpreted as no foul, therefore, no
foul occurred. How can they undermine their referees like that? Should all
contact be interpreted as a foul?
When will people learn that the game is not about whether fouls are real are
not. The uncertainty of the ref's decisions, his OPINION based on what he SEES,
is a facet of the game both teams deal with. That's basketball, my friends.
Welcome to reality.
I can't tell you how hardheaded Jazz fans can be! My fanatic Jazz friends were
practically yelling at me last night telling me that Miles didn't foul him. I wish refs would stop getting so intimidated at the ESA (aka cement
If this would have happened at the end of the 1st half this would be a
non-issue. What about the no call when Deron was pummeled going to the hoop? Not
a last second shot so therefore no statement by the NBA claiming Deron should
have taken a couple of free throws. Does it change the outcome? No. Jazz win,
Let's be good sports and give OKC the win.
Yeah it was a foul, but in an average NBA game, how many fouls are missed? Even
in important situations, it seems like there are missed calls (fouls, traveling,
etc) on a pretty regular basis. But for the NBA to come that quickly to the
defense of one of its stars... come on! I love Durant's game, but if
Serge Ibaka takes that last shot for the Thunder last night, you wouldn't hear a
peep out of the league office. That's the one thing absolutely wrong with the
NBA--2 sets of rules, one for stars and one for everyone else.
How bout when Deron got tackled going up for a dunk
...but I obviously don't follow sports closely enough, because I don't ever
remember a statement like that from the NBA. Usually it's the opposite.For
example, if it had been the Thunder's coach complaining about the ref'ing,
he would probably be reprimanded by the NBA. So why does the NBA take the
unusual step of criticizing it's own officiating?
Refs are intimidated at Energy Solutions Arena? I opine that they are probably
more intimidated at the Staples Center. I would guess that intimidation has to
do with the players (stars) involved, not the court or arena. I will grant that
there are exceptions: LA, New York, any other place that has lots of celebrities
in attendance, particularly courtside.The replay does appear to show
a foul on the last shot. I didn't see the whole game, only some of overtime. I
don't know about all that happened. However, I did see a foul giving Durant free
throws that was a bad call. Maybe the bad call and the no call cancel out each
Since when did the NBA start reviewing plays and issuing statements as to
whether the plays in question were fouls or not? Maybe they will start printing
that with the boz scores: how many no-calls there were. Wow. What a stupid
thing. Kevin Durant is just crying because he isn't getting babied as much as
Kobe yet. Must be a hard life. Play basketball and get paid millions for it.
Some people are never happy with anything.
If the NBA is making statements on fouls, I wish they would of started when
Michael Jordan pushed Brian Russell out of the way to win the championship. Win
some you lose some.
why would the NBA make a statement, saying that the officials missed a call. I
think its just dumb because NBA players can't say a word about officials or they
are fined. I also think that its hard to tell if CJ Miles did in fact foul
Durant. It does kind of look like Miles may have blocked the ball. If it was a
foul, i don't think it was that noticable. Those types of fouls go unnoticted or
uncalled all the time in the NBA
To make things fair the Jazz should give home court advantage to Oklahoma City
during the playoffs. Seriously I think TV announcers who call for
referees not to interfere at the ends of games, arguing that the players should
be allowed to determine the outcome of the game, are idiots. Non-calls are just
as important as bad calls during a game and particularly in the last few
seconds. I think referees should be consistent, calling fouls anytime there is
enough contact that it forces a player to lose the ball or miss a shot. I
frankly was sickened by the amount of physical contact allowed during the NCAA
playoffs. Defenders were allowed to knock dribblers sideways many times, and
even when the ball was lost, many non-calls permitted the offending team to take
possession of the ball. On the other hand, I think the NBA is doing a better
job this year than any year in recent memory of regulating the officiating in
games. It used to be that the star player got the call the vast majority of the
time in close situations. Jordan got away with traveling, palming and offensive
fouls at will.
I think the NBA officiating is a joke. There are so many no calls or
anticipation calls it is frustrating to watch the games. It seems whenever we
play L.A Lakers Kobe seems to get the calls in his favor. I feel there is alot
of favortism with some of the refs and the guy furthest away from the ball is
calling the shots. And it is not just the Jazz that are getting shafted, I`ve
seen it at other NBA games. The refs are consistently inconsistent.
The NBA just perpetuated the problem by coming out like this on a single play.
Why not comment on all non-calls in a game? Why not comment on the called fouls
that weren't fouls at all!Dumb move, NBA! But that is why you are
in the office and not playing or officiating on the floor. You are simply back
seat drivers making a after-the-fact comment that doesn't change that the
officals let it go and the Jazzmen won.Go Jazz!
Why doesn't the NBA come out all the time when that stuff happens. Why only when
it involves a superstar. It definitely didn't look foul to me!!
everything happens for a reason..I think the block came first before the contact
in the hand, if you saw how Durant shoot the ball he was extending his legs
always, Miles came from the side so definitely there will be contact, actually
Durant should be charge with an offensive foul because of his legs extending
making the defender to commit a foul
PC NBA BS
I agree with many of the other comments, if the NBA makes a statement on this
foul, it has to be done to other fouls. The foul call on Paul Millsap in OKC
sure didn't generate any attention and that too was at the end of the game.
It didn't look like a foul. Miles had to come from the side, and in the upper
body there was no contact. It was close, but not a touch. If anything, Durant
made Miles "foul" him.
so durantula's entourage gets all weepy watching the re-runs in slo-mo ad
nauseum on sportscenter, hearing all the mitchy boney tweets, seeing all the
clever and vitriolic smacktalk on myface threads and forums and they go wailing
and whining to lodge a complaint all the way to the n-b-a.cry me a
river, OKC/KD. scoreboard. scoreboard.hey, go watch the masters for
Buckley sez:"The NBA suggested as much Wednesday, when it released a
statement on the no-call of Jazz swingman C.J. Miles' obvious foul on Oklahoma
City All-Star Kevin Durant in the final second of Utah's 140-139 overtime home
win over the Thunder on Tuesday night.""obvious foul"? Wow. That's
bold stuff. I thought reporting was supposed to be objective, unless of course
you are writing a personal column or blog, which this appears to be neither.
I totally agree it was a foul. but when was the last you saw an official make a
call like that at the end of a game? how many times have we seen Kobe pushing
off the get a open game winner? (lakers vs kings) is one example. look at the
NCAA championship game, if you look at the screen on that last play, he set a
big time illegal screen, but refs will always let the game play out when it
comes to the last play.
Just for kicks, I thought I'd play the video of the last shot and blow it up
large. Going through frame by frame, I see why the refs did not call a foul.
The most telling frame is the first contact by Miles. His hand is clearly on
the ball. The next two frames show Durrant throwing his arms wildly to the side
to "draw a foul". Homer? No. After first having contact with the ball
(generally called a block) there was contact. This no-call does not deserve all
the attention. First came a good block.
So by making a statement do we put the two teams together and replay the last
second? What a bunch of Morons. Never called on Superstars though are they
It was a foul. A small one, but still a foul. I would be upset if this was
just one of many fouls called in favor of the Jazz. However, it wasn't. In
fact, had there been fewer bad calls, the Jazz would have won in regulation.
The refs brought it to overtime and good thing they didn't destroy yet another
game for the Jazz. The Jazz are usually not favored by the Jazz, so receiving
special treatment is a rare treat.I just watched "Michael Jordan's
Final Shot" on youtube. That was way, way worse than the brush of wrists last
night. Where's the NBA announcement on that?
Back on new year's eve, the Jazz were up one with a few seconds left, Oklahoma
City missed a shot, Millsap cleanly rebounded it, and the refs called a phantom
foul on Millsap giving Oklahoma City two free throws, which they made, for the
win. So Oklahoma City got the call on that game, and the Jazz got
the no call last night. Now it's even.
Did the official say the jazz should have won the championship game because
Jordan pushed off? Bunch of OVERPAID BABIES! Wouldn't it be interesting if
they went to work the next day and were told by a H.R. Representative that the
nba is closing its doors. Could you ball players make a living if the nba fell
apart? Oh wait the Prez would bail out the nba.
If it were any of the Jazz players instead of Kevin Durrant, would the NBA still
come out and say the officials blew the call? I DON'T THINK SO.
Change the end result to D-Will getting hacked on a three at the end of the game
and it doesn't get called. How many Jazz fans would be saying what they're
saying now, "bad calls happen throughout the game, that's what happens...blah,
blah, blah." My guess is that zero Jazz fans would be playing the "happens to
everyone" card had their guy been the one to get hacked on the lost shot.
I agree with most of the above comments an add that players like Kobe, Lebron,
Wade, Duncan an now Durant get alot of calls that should be non-calls how else
do they get their scores built up. lol There were so many calls against the Jazz
I didnt hear thunder complain abt them. Jazz usually have to take those calls an
use as incentive. Jazz earn their wins with team cohesiveness. Go Jazz!!!!!
to have watched such a sweet and unoffensive ending to a great game. that light
touch on the final shot was of course, the work of an excellent defensive
Jazzman. If it was a foul, it certainly was a gentlemans foul....Go Jazz
the ref didn't see it therefore there was no foul. like the 2002 western conf
finals with kings vs lakers; kobe elbowed bibby and kobe stumbled. bibby went
down with an injury but the refs "claimed" they didn't have the right angle to
see it. So, from that standpoint if the ref didn't see it it was no foul. How
would it feel if a game you worked so hard to win ends up in a win and people
who sit in armchairs "declares" a foul?? If it were the other way around people
would say "don't blame the refs"...
"Human error is part of the game." from a wise NBA coach.
"And Michael Jordan DID push off on Bryan Russell."
refs didnt call a foul so there was no foul. simiple as that. quit crying
JAZZ FANS = Leagues biggest whiners......
Amen to that!!!!
It sounds like it's the other people whining. The Jazz finally got a break.
Even then, the foul was miniscule.
Wonderful NBA, Now I officially petition for you to re-review the JAZZ vs BULLS
NBA finals to tell all the fans that Jordan pushed off on the game winning shot
(not to mention dozens of phantom calls that sent him to the line for numerous
freebies) and that the Jazz really should have won the finals! Why
did the NBA not want to get That blatant truth off their chests also? :)
i find it hard to accept when a call or no call goes against my team, especially
if it could've altered the out come of the game. remember Jordan's push off
against bryon russel in an NBA Finals game? but, the referees have a job to do.
and i think they do a good job. they make mistakes but that's because they are
humans. they are, in fact, paid to give judgement calls--or no calls--during the
game. a foul call is a judgement call. the referre calls it the way he judges it
to be. that's how it goes. otherwise, we should just remove the refs from the
game and just replay every foul, travelling, error, and other things going on in
the court. and that would be really stupid. i think a foul or no foul--unless a
flagrant one--should never be subjected to an opinion by the NBA officials
unless they want to reverse it. why comment on something that's over and done
with? what's the point? they would just be undermining a ref's authority on the
game the next time that ref officiates a game.
I know this isn't related to the miles no foul call, but if the nba is going to
issue a statement on this, and then do nothing to what carmelo pulled in okc
last night, then i'm a pretty upset fan of the nba. I'm shocked they'd make a
statement on this foul call, now I'll wait to see if they do anything about
carmelo who is a weirdo, laying on the floor as if injured. If the nba is going
to pose as if they are legitimate, then they should investigate these antics of
carmelo and issue a statement, followed by a suspension, unbelievable. there
should be an apology for subjecting nba fans to players like carmelo, i have no
desire watching this ultimate fake, i'll watch durant, and i'll be happy even if
he beats the jazz, because i respect him and his game is pretty good. this is
why i can't stand seeing denver win, smith, carmelo, these are a couple of the
worst characters in the league, and the nba seems to promote this team, i'm
sickened to my stomach.
Whatever the case, the NBA has the worst refs in the world. I can't tell if the
are lazy, if they are corrupt, or if they are incompetent. I lean towards
corruption and that the outcome of games are influenced and special players get
should be fined for talking about the ref. phil jackson was just fined 35.000
for talking about bad calles. what is the differance? there were bad calls the
whole game every game. i dont get it. guess they think durrant is the face of
the nba so they give him his personel press release? i stopped watching baskett
ball for 10 years because of the calls jordon got it was sickening to watch a
game. its about that bad now with kolby starting with durrant. you can average a
lot of points a game if you go to the foul line 15 times a game. they need to
call it the same for every player from kolby to the rookie.
Lakers Coach Jackson fined $35000 by the league for criticizing refes. Who will
fined the NBA for them criticizing the refes. They didn't change the outcome of
the game. So why make a statement about the last play of the game. You
made a good call ref.
What a stupid move by the NBA. If they're going to make a statement like this,
then they need to be consistent and make a public statement on all bad calls.
Where's the statement on the foul (assault) on Deron Williams when he tried to
dunk and was body slammed? Where's the statement on the call on CJ Miles seconds
earlier that clearly was not a foul? Basically, the NBA should have just come
out and said this was the worst officiated game in decades. What a ridiculous
thing for the NBA to do. They just keep giving me more reasons not to watch NBA
Wheres the statement on carmelo laying on the floor as if injured? This is not
how you play basketball, its an attack at every fan who watched that game, it
mars professionalism, it mars the game. By letting this go, the nba allows
itself to be mared. It doesn't hesitate to issue a statement, basically
nullifying a jazz win, but it allows carmelo to act like hes in kindgergarten.
melo is not as good as durant, get over it melo, if that hit knocked the wind
out of you, you are a wimp and you lose all my respect, if you are laying on the
ground and faking an injury, again, there is not only reason to not respect you,
there is reason to despise you, yet, the nba does nothing, no investigation, no
I think they should impliment instant replay and give the coaches red flags to
throw on the court except at the last two minute of each quarter where the
referees will review every play. The game will last four hours and people will
get more for their money. Games tied at the end of regulation should go to a
free throw shoot out.
Here we go folks. First step to instant replay in the nba. Sad, so sad.
The difference is the NBA would not make a statement about it. sure fans would
be mad but you wouldn't hear a peep out of the NBA and I think that is what most
posters are upset about.
I totally agree with the red flags and instant replay review:) How
about the NBA hiring a couple of former referees or just avid fans to review
game films of each and every game and then submit the missed calls or no calls
to the league which could then issue a statement each day of the calls that were
wrong. Scores could be kept for each referee and we could even bet on how many
they'd each have for any given game.This would certainly provide
fodder for us bloggers and make the game much funner to dissect and Vegas
oddsmakers would have more things to handicap.
Why would the NBA make this statement/correction? All it does is make them look
worse than we already knew they were. The officials are horrible and give calls
to star players all the time. If Durant was fouled then Jordan's game 6 push off
on Bryon Russell was a foul too. They didn't come out then and correct
themselves because a championship was decided by it. David Stern wake
up...you're not as smart as you think you are. People see right through your
smug arrogant facade to what you truly are, Tim Donaghy's role model, you've
fixed many more games as commissioner than that poor scapegoat ever did as a
By the same standard there are lots of fouls that are not called during the
game.I guess it only matters and is worth discussing because it
happens at the end of the game vs. during?What a pile of hypocrisy
the NBA is.
While, as a Jazz fan, this should have been called, what about New Year's Eve
2009? There was a call on Paul Millsap that cost the Jazz the game. If we're
complaining about about Durant being fouled on the last play, why didn't we hear
about Millsap?I don't like to throw around the "Everyone hates Utah"
idea, but why didn't we hear JA Adande (sp?) say anything about the phantom
Millsap foul on New Year's Eve?If the NBA even THINKS about
replaying this (somehow, as Utah and OKC won't be playing again until at least
the playoffs), then they should seriously consider taking back the New Year's
Eve game; only under that condition would it be fair. Either that, or we let
each game stand as is.
it was an overacting job at mid court.
What this really means is that the nba wants everyone to know that Kevin Durrant
is their new poster boy, and refs should continue to protect him like they did
Dwane Wade in the finals against Dallas.
Way to de-legitimize a win NBA.
Follow the money! That's what important to the NBA.Got to put on a good
show and that is determinedby where the draw is. I lost my innocence with
the NBA several years ago when it was obvious they had their 'protected ones'
and the Refs seemed to be 'blind' to certain aggressive players.
If the players and coaches can't comment on the refs performance than neither
should the NBA front office. What is good for the goose should be good enough
for the gantner. What ever that means!
I refuse to believe that an NBA official missed a call.