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Thursday, May 30th, 2013 at 9:00 am  |  22 responses

NBA Reportedly Reviewing Calls from Game 4 of the ECF


LeBron James’ ejection in Game 4 against the Indiana Pacers, and the resulting fallout has gotten the NBA’s attention. Controversial calls during the Pacers’ 99-92 victory are reportedly under review by the League, and you can be certain that referees will be under a massive microscope tonight in Miami for Game 5. Per CBS Sports: “The most obvious missed call was a blown 24-second call against the Pacers by crew chief Joe Crawford with 8:26 left in the third quarter. Replays showed that Roy Hibbert’s attempt hit the rim, which should’ve resulted in the shot clock resetting. The Pacers were leading 81-72 at the time, and Miami subsequently went on an 11-2 run to tie the game at 83-83. At that point, Dwyane Wade drove for a transition layup and the basket counted on a goaltending call against Paul George. Wade was fouled by David West on the play and converted a three-point play to give Miami an 86-83 lead with 5:57 left. But league officials are looking at whether West coming down across Wade’s body and hitting him in the head warrants a flagrant upgrade, sources said. On the play that resulted in LeBron James’ sixth foul, an illegal screen against Lance Stephenson with 56 seconds left, the league’s preliminary review substantiates the call. James stuck his left leg outside his stance to impede Stephenson’s movement around the screen. But on an earlier foul called on James, when George drove for a layup and converted a three-point play with 5:38 remaining, James appeared on replay review to have a point in his postgame assertion that he established position on the baseline and went straight up for a legal defensive play. It was a borderline play that could have gone either way, made possible only by James’ ability to close quickly on George from the opposite foul line. It is not clear whether James will be fined for criticizing the officials after the game. He was called for four fouls in the fourth quarter and fouled out for only the second time in his playoff career.”

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  • Max

    What are they gonna do about it?
    Either say it was the right or the wrong call?

  • NBA has gone down the toilet

    first line says it all. If it was any other player this would be nothing but because its LeBron he’s not allowed to foul out it goes under review. LeBron James you are the very cancer that needs to be cut from the league.

  • i_ball

    Why are they reviewing normal fouls?

    “But on an earlier foul called on James, when George drove for a layup and converted a three-point play with 5:38 remaining, James appeared on replay review to have a point in his postgame assertion that he established position on the baseline and went straight up for a legal defensive play. It was a borderline play that could have gone either way, made possible only by James’ ability to close quickly on George from the opposite foul line.”

    The refs can’t make a wrong call against LeBron or what? The game is fast and psychical sometimes you get the “borderline” play sometimes you don’t. I understand why he is upset – he has been called for 1.5 more fouls per game in this series than he is used to but don’t moan about it – you get most of the calls most of the time.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni D dot Sanchez

    looks like Riley pulled some strings.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni D dot Sanchez

    wrong. and basically to make sure the refs ease up next game.

  • pposse

    the only call that needs to be reviewed and refs need to be disciplined on is the shot clock violation. That resulted in a 5 pt swing and was a clearly blown call. Lebron set a moving screen which by definition is a foul with a minute to go in the game, what do they need to look that call over for?!

  • spit hot fiyah

    the solution is to ban joey crawford from reffing any more games. the others blew calls as well, but this is not the first game these playoffs that crawford made hard to watch because of his refereeing.

  • pposse

    too bad unions exist in the NBA.

  • Mike Mihalow

    If any other player/coach/owner questions the foul calls, they get fined. When LeBron James questions the foul calls, he gets the league office to review them for him.

    Absolutely pathetic in every way possible.

  • i_ball

    I just saw that David West and LeBron are fined for flopping. Lance Stephenson too

  • Max

    Finally they get Lebron.

  • http://twitter.com/vannshy vannshy

    couldnt agree more

  • MUBWAR

    because the others are nobodies and lbj is the mvp of the league in 4 outta of 5 of the past seasons. and we all know why he didn’t win in 2010

  • bike

    So said LeBron to the officials “And you will know My name is the King when I lay My vengeance upon thee.”

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    LeBron James was fined this morning dude.

  • Feez_22

    oh please… get out of here. The mere fact that your stupid comment has been upvoted 3 times shows the amount of stupid hate against the man they call lebron james.

    How do you know they just aren’t reviewing the botched 24 second call that hurt the pacers or the blatant flagarant 1 david west committed that wasn’t called a flagarant 1? You have no idea. This article says the 6th lebron foul will be upheld so cut the bullcrap out.

    The very cancer that needs to be cut from this league = ridiculous reffing and the officials that let some of these refs or even order some of them (like joey crawford or tony brothers) to be a-holes.

  • i_ball

    He was fined for flopping not for questioning the calls

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    THEY ARE FINING THEM BASED ON WHAT THEY ARE REVIEWING. IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH LEBRON SPEAKING PUBLICLY.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Hey morons. The Refs are reviewed after every game.
    .
    Just listen to Stan Van Gundy, http://www.danpatrick.com/2013/05/30/stan-van-gundy-said-veteran-refs-could-eliminate-flopping-if-nba-let-them/

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Every game is reviewed. Why this is a story I have no idea. Oh wait yeah I do. Look how excited all of you guys are.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk
  • tomtom

    THIS MUST BE IMPORTANT. IT IS UPPER-CASE.

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