For everyone who saw the Boston Celtics vs. Miami Heat Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals, there were a lot of questionable calls given out by the officials. Technical fouls MUST be given out for a reason. The amount of unnecessary technical fouls is ruining the NBA and its viewership.
First and foremost, the Boston Celtics did not lose due to the referees. Boston lost because of its lack of athleticism compared to Miami. It also looked as if the Celtics were tired throughout the night. Missing 10 free throws, not being able to stop easy Heat baskets and having players such as Paul Pierce and Ray Allen quiet throughout the night will not help your cause.
Did referees make an impact? You bet they did. Technical fouls were given out without any sort of justification behind them. The technical fouls were given out to head coach Doc Rivers, Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo. The only one that was actually correct and justifiable was Rondo's. The Celtics point guard shoved Heat forward Shane Battier under the rim for no purpose.
With these technical fouls, fans, coaches and players will think these very important games are rigged. And why shouldn't they? The league has gotten out of hand with this, and a proper solution must happen fast.
The first technical foul was given to Allen. After a call that he didn't agree with, Allen just screamed "no" and turned around. It was a sign of emotion, nothing more. You can't say boo to these officials anymore without getting a technical. It's a shame.
The next technical foul was given to Garnett three minutes later. The Celtics forward batted the ball after a Celtics basket. The call was ruled a delay of game, which is an NBA rule for a technical foul. Referee Danny Crawford immediately gave KG the technical. This rule is absurd and just unnecessary. It needs to go. There have been delays of games that have gone unpunished, after all.
Are the amount of tehnical fouls getting ridiculous?
The worst technical foul occurred in the second quarter. Rivers was given a technical foul for screaming "C'mon, Eddie" at referee Ed Malloy for not calling a foul as Rondo drove to the basket for a layup. If this is a technical foul, there is absolutely no say in the NBA. From what I'm understanding, a coach or player cannot criticize an official? I'm not even sure if I would consider that a criticism.
Rivers would tell ESPN Boston's Chris Forsberg that his technical was not deserved. He even went on to say it was the worst technical he ever had. How can you disagree with him?
Rivers went on to say that players and coaches should keep their composure, but they're not the only ones. Many fans are considering this recent series a fix because of this officiating. The league is becoming very soft.
What's even more absurd is that Rivers will probably be fined for his comments. You can't attack the officials in any way shape or form. Why not? Until they actually do their job with a form of respectability, these type of comments will continue.
As previously stated, the only justifiable technical foul was Rondo's because you don't want the game to get out of hand. It was clearly a shove out of frustration, but nothing more. The other three technical fouls were just on instinct. Let the guys play.
These technical fouls are not only ruining the quality of the game, but it's going to eventually ruin the viewership.
Miami played a better game, there's no denying that. Anyone who says the reason the Celtics lost Game 1 due to the officials is not very wise in their argument.
There's no justifying how lethargic the Celtics played. They simply had no answer for Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and company. Guys like Shane Battier, Mario Chalmers and Mike Miller were able to contribute. Battier finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
This game will be remembered due to the poor officiating. That, and Allen missing four free throws. You may never see that again.