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NBA Reviewing Blown Calls in Game 4

According to Ken Berger at CBS Sports, league officials are looking at several blown calls from Game 4 between the Miami Heat and the Indiana Pacers.  These blown calls include

  • A very obvious 24-second violation call on the Indiana Pacers with 8:26 left in the third quarter, and the Pacers up 81-72.  Roy Hibbert’s attempt hit the rim, which should have reset the shot clock.  After the violation, the Miami Heat went on an 11-2 run to tie the game up.
  • Dwyane Wade drove to the basket for a layup with 5:57 left.  Goaltending was called on Paul George, and David West fouled Wade on the play, resulting in a three-point opportunity.  However, league officials are looking at whether David West’s foul was actually a flagrant foul based on West’s contact to Wade’s head.
  • LeBron’s fifth foul call — With 5:38 remaining, Paul George drove to the hoop and converted a three-point play, and LeBron was called for his fifth foul.  Upon replay it seemed that LeBron established position near the basket and went straight up-and-down. In his post-game interview, LeBron said as much: “I believe I was straight up-and-down on Paul George’s drive — the and-one”.
  • Dwyane Wade’s travel with 26 seconds left, and the Pacers up 96-92.  Dwyane Wade gathered his dribble and pump-faked around the three-point line (hasn’t taken a dribble yet).  Then he dribbled past the three-point line, picked up his dribble, and jump-stopped (more like a jump-step) back to the three-point line.  All of this is completely legal, and a travel should not have been called.

It should also be noted that LeBron James did not agree with his sixth foul call, an offensive foul for an illegal screen.  He said, “I don’t believe it was an offensive foul.  I was going to set a screen and I was stationary.”  However, the league reviewed his sixth foul, and upheld the referee’s decision.

It’ll be interesting to see how much referee scrutiny there will be in Game 5, especially after all the missed calls (and flopping) going on in this series.

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