Los Angeles Lakers

2010 NBA Finals: Joey Crawford, You Can't Run the Lake Show

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 04:  Referee Joey Crawford talks with Derek Fisher #2 of the Los Angeles Lakers in the second quarter against the Utah Jazz in Game One of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2008 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center on May 4, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)
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Hayden KimCorrespondent IIIJune 8, 2010

 

After game two's loss the Lakers once again allowed the Boston Celtics to regain life in an already projected, tough series.

 

Ray Allen breaking the all time Final's Three Point Record and Rajon Rondo's triple double obviously helped the Celtics tremendously but if the Lakers want to win this series they need to win the “easy” ones at home.

 

I know it would have been tough to overcome the two great defensive plays by Rondo towards the end of the game but veterans such as Fisher and Bryant should not allow themselves to make those kind of mistakes.

 

Even though Fisher and Bryant made those crucial mistakes it was not the reason why the Lakers lost.

 

A game is forty eight minutes but there are moments in the game that don't even last thirty seconds that can charge crucial momentum to a team. In a tough series such as this, these little but important moments might be the deciding factor between a win and a loss for the Lakers or Celtics.

 

With only a little time on the game clock, the Lakers seemed to have regained a much needed boost of energy. Kobe had just drained another three pointer and it was only a three point game. I actually thought the Lakers still had a chance to win this game, I mean we have a man by the name of Kobe on our side for heavens sake.

 

Now before I go on about what happened, lets talk about the “officiating.”

 

Anyone who has watched this series has questioned the “officiating” at one point or another.

 

In game one, they referees at moments seemed to call a foul every time someone acted like they were going to touch someone. Other moments, they wouldn't see players getting hacked on the arm and face going to the basket.

 

Playoff basketball is supposed to be physical and tough for both teams.

 

The referees should know that.

 

Tim Donoghay and Danny Crawford, both veterans at the art of reffing has officiated their share of NBA Playoff games.

 

They know what the difference between a regular season foul and a playoff foul.

 

Why can't they apply their experience in this series?

 

Crawford should retire. He has always been an emotional man when it comes to specific players and rule number one for a referee should be to: not get involved emotionally with a players actions.

 

Now that we all know what were dealing with now lets go back to the moment the Lakers re-lost their momentum.

 

The Lakers were down three and the Celtics were in-bounding the ball. The Lakers full court pressed to try and get a steal. Rondo threw inaccurate rocket to Allen and Artest, I thought came up with a clean steal but “pop goes the whistle.”

 

Apparently Artest hit Allen while in the air.

 

Are you kidding me?

 

An instant replay later showed clear evidence that Artest did not even lay a hand on Ray Allen.

 

Isn't that what instant replay is for?

 

To make up for bad calls?

 

I guess David Stern's efforts are not in full effect yet.

 

But the bottom line is this.

 

As long as the Lakers allow Boston to stay in the game, this series will go seven.

 

If the Lakers decide to man-up and take control of this series, we will see this series finish in five to six games in favor of the Lakers.

 

The “Lake Show” is temporarily not showing but I have a feeling that the Luck of the Irish will not be enough this year because we have Kobe Bryant, the star of the infamous “Lake Show.”

 

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