“They all wear No. 23 and help him throw that [expletive] up in the air when he’s at the scorer’s desk. He gets away with murder, on top of it, on his home court.” –Phil Jackson
“You will not see, with the game on the line, a 3-second call in the last 10 seconds. That’s part of the reason they’re 30-1 at home. They’re a very good team, and when you get calls like that [expletive], you’re in pretty good shape.” –Stan Van Gundy
“It seemed like their bench or their coaching staff got into the ref’s ear about me being in the lane. Instead of letting the refs make the call, I guess the bench made the call.” –Dwight Howard
Cavaliers 30-1 or Cavaliers’ Officials 30-1?
Cavaliers 30-1. While inconsistent officiating can potentially change the momentum or possibly alter the outcome of a game, I believe everything eventually works itself out in the larger spectrum.
A game may be lost but eventually it will come back around and the losing team will be the beneficiary of a favorable late game whistle or lack-there-of in the future.
If it occurred for an entire 4th quarter in a game 6 of the playoffs then you might have a legitimate argument (any Sacramento Kings fans still around?).
Regardless, the Orlando Magic did not lose that game because of a random 3-second call. They failed to get the ball inside to Howard throughout a larger portion of the game and couldn’t get a defensive rebound off any of those late missed shots by the Cavs. Better execution and rebounding would have secured them that victory and this wouldn’t be an issue.
The simplest solution to end any debate about homecourt officiating?
Beat. The. Cavs.
Questions? Ask the Lakers.