Who to blame…? The refs are a popular starting point; we all have our thoughts. Between hearing the complaining on the Lakers fans’ side and ESPN cutting to black (at least on the West coast) as soon as Wilbon said he thought the reffing was “one sided,” there are many indications the refs had a major factor in this game 2.
Before I go on, a few thoughts… There is no question the Celtics were the more aggressive team. However, the myth about the Lakers being a jump-shooting-only team is not true. There was a lot of contact that was not being called. From holds to grabs and shoves, to simply being hit on shots. So, at the end of the day, I’d like to hear YOUR take on this “hot topic.”
Here we go with the numbers:
Lakers – 10 free throws
Celtics – 38 free throws
(19 free throws for the Celts at halftime compared to the Lakers 2)
By the way, Leon Powe went 9-13 himself… Oh this in 14 minutes of play. More than the entire Lakers squad. Phil mentioned in his press conference in all his years of coaching, “[He'd] never seen anything like that.” What are your thoughts? Did the Celtics truly defend us picture perfect, or did the refs factor in maybe too much into this NBA finals game and not let the teams play physical basketball?
By the way, here is what a few Lakers had to say about the fouls:
Sasha: “It was unbelievable.”
Rad: “Definetely. We didn’t have a chance to run out. They shot free throws all game long. It went to their advantage.”