NBA Finals: Blame the Referees for the Lakers' 2-0 Lead over the Magic

Joseph Bosa@@BOldigesCorrespondent IJune 8, 2009

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 07:  Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts after defeating the Orlando Magic 101-96 in overtime in Game Two of the 2009 NBA Finals at Staples Center on June 7, 2009 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 Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

I hate both the Orlando Magic and the Los Angeles Lakers.

What I'm about to tell you is the flat-out truth.

Whenever a game is played in L.A., all of the referees are so biased in their calling. Every call goes for L.A., and when it doesn't, the fans go absolutely nuts.

They go so nuts, I believe, that the referees are scared to call anything. 

I believe there are three critical plays that prove that the referees are being biased.

In the overtime period, Hedo Turkoglu attempts to pass a ball to Rashard Lewis in the bottom left-side corner of the court. Trevor Ariza then clearly hacks away at Turkoglu's arm, which causes the ball to fling out of bounds.

Not only is there no foul called, but the referees say that the ball went out on Orlando and give it to L.A.

Are you kidding me?

Not calling plays like that makes the refs look like absolute IDIOTS!

In the second situation, Lamar Odom has the ball stolen from him, and the ball bounces around wildly. While falling to the ground, Odom pulls Gortat down with him.

He wasn't making a play for the ball; he deliberately pulled him down so Gortat couldn't make a play. That should have been a technical foul, but it was just a regular foul.

Situation three is the biggest of this decade. With 0.6 seconds to go in the fourth quarter, Hedo Turkoglu makes an almost perfect inbounds lob pass to Courtney Lee for an alley-oop.

Now Lee should have easily made the layup, but he missed.

Yet, obviously, Pau Gasol's hand hits the rim, while the ball is still on the rim. GOALTENDING!

If you don't believe me, listen to the replay, even the announcers mention it. This clearly was goaltending, yet there was no call.

L.A. went on to win the game.

Basketball in L.A. is so embarrassing to the sport. Nothing is called right, and when they do call it right, people complain. The simple fact is the referees in L.A. are ruining basketball's good name.

I'm tired of watching lopsided games before they begin.



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