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Wizards Coach Cries, Gets His Way In Game Four Win Over Cavs

After Game Three of the series between the Cavaliers and Wizards, Eddie Jordan decided it was time to complain about the officiating. Apparently, that is the kind of thing that works in the playoffs as game four was dropped by the Cavs to the Wizards in a whistle-blown frenzy.

Before you yell at me for just being a homer, here are some stats.

Game One: Wizards 86 – Cavs 97

Fouls:

  • Cavs – 25

  • Wizards – 21

Game Two: Wizards 89 – Cavs 84

Fouls:

  • Cavs – 22

  • Wizards – 20

Game Three: Wizards 96 – Cavs 97

Fouls:

  • Cavs – 24

  • Wizards – 21

The game that Eddie Jordan complained about? The Cavs were whistled three more times than the Wizards in that game. And what happens in the game after he complains about the officiating?

Game number 4: Wizards 106 – Cavs 96

Fouls:

  • Cavs – 34

  • Wizards – 21

lebronhacked.jpgThat’s right. I didn’t mis-type that. The Cavaliers were whistled 13 more times throughout the game than the Washington Wizards.

And just to show you how insane it got, the Cavs had an 11-point lead at halftime 57-46. They eventually lost the game 106-96. They were outscored 60-39 in the second half. Oh, and the foul discrepancy?

The Cavs were whistled 26 times in the second half to Washington’s 10.

As for LeBron James individually, he was stopped by the referees five times, and four of those were offensive charging fouls. Is that just coincidence that Eddie Jordan complains about preferential treatment for LeBron James and the Cavs and then King James gets whistled for 4 offensive fouls in the subsequent game?

Oh, and when James wasn’t getting called for offensive fouls, he wasn’t getting calls either. James had 7 free throw opportunities for the game compared with 17 for Gilbert Arenas.

Obviously these stats don’t just stand on their own. You have to watch each individual game situation to see just how fair or unfair it is. What I can tell you, is that I have seen nary a game where the gameplay was one-sided enough to warrant a differential of 16 fouls in a single half of an NBA contest.

We will see what (if anything) the Cavs have to say about the referees after this one, and see how the next game is called on Wednesday night in Cleveland. If last game was any indication of cause and effect, I think we will hear the Cavs crying like newborn babies.

About Craig Lyndall

  • http://www.futonreport.net/ Matthew T. Sussman

    Welcome to playoff basketball away from home, LeBron. Calls don’t always go your way. Just ask Steve Nash.

  • http://www.maskedmoviesnobs.com El Bicho

    Homer, I mean Craig, James does get preferential treatment. How about his travel at the end of game three that didn’t get called? In the replay you can see that he moved his pivot foot. Did you write a column about that?

    I would have liked more detail in your piece. What Jordan was complaining about? What were the fouls that were being called in game four that you feel shouldn’t have been? Did the refs change the way they called the game after the half? Did Cleveland fail to make adjustments to the way the game was being called?

    Anyway, why get worked up about it? They are only playing to see who gets beat by Detroit in the next round. Get that fishing gear ready.

  • http://www.filteringcraig.com Craig Lyndall

    Regardless of anything else, all the foul calls have been relatively even the whole series. Are you telling me the Cavs played that much differently in this particular game that the differential is justified? How about the differential from the first half vs the differential in the second half.

    How about the fact that this follows the complaining directly?

    Don’t discuss any of the points I made, or anything.

    And as for calls that shouldn’t have been made, how about the charging calls when guys were still moving their feet? James gets block calls because he has one of the quickest first steps in the entire league. The defender is almost always a step slower to the spot than James, but last night they were calling them charges and not blocks.

  • sal m

    coaches ALWAYS complain about fouls so you can’t read anything into this. arbitrarily picking one argument and then counting fouls called after this point hardly is indicative of anything nefarious.

    jordan has complained all series so what about the fact that those complaints didn’t have any effect?

  • http://www.filteringcraig.com Craig Lyndall

    Coaches don’t always complain about officiating to this point… This isn’t arbitrary. To think that there aren’t some kinds of machinations going on here, is an interesting take. I have shown some stats and some cause and effect. How about someone (who watched the game) telling me why it isn’t the way I am describing.

    [Craig: I assumed you would be aware of the BC preference for active links not template-busting strings of code..? Comments Editor]

  • http://www.maskedmoviesnobs.com El Bicho

    I didn’t see the game, so I’m not telling you anything. All I can go by is your crying about it because other than the charging fouls you didn’t make any points in your article about what happened in the game.

    It sounds like the Wizards made adjustments to the Cavs and the refs. You mention LeBron’s charges (did he lower his shoulder?), but I still don’t know what fouls were called on the rest of the Cavs that made it unfairly lop-sided in your opinion. Was the game being called the same way on both ends?

    Players and coaches have tried to get into the heads of the refs for a long time now, so this isn’t anything new, and the Cavs won’t get any sympathy from me. Rather than get upset, why not enjoy what little basketball your city has left because it’s mainly going to be losses from here on out.

  • http://www.maskedmoviesnobs.com El Bicho

    I just read the link (which you should have included in the original article) and have to wonder how much you have paid attention to playoff basketball in the past.

    Complaning about things like LeBron’s travel not being called goes on all the time. Have you not heard Phil Jackson or Pat Reilly at a press conference? Have you not heard coaches talk about the way Shaq is officated? Or Shaq talk about the way he is officated?

    Sorry, but that link actually weakens your argument and makes you look like a fan upset by the loss.

  • http://www.filteringcraig.com Craig Lyndall

    “Rather than get upset, why not enjoy what little basketball your city has left because it’s mainly going to be losses from here on out.”

    While this may be true, it has nothing to do with anything except to try and taunt me. Regardless of whether I think the Cavs can beat Detroit, or even a hot Chicago team for that matter, I do think that the Cavs can beat the Wizards.

    And, I wasn’t crying about it. I was saying it was going to be interesting to see if the Cavs create enough info for feature length articles complaining about the referees the way that Eddie Jordan did after game 3. So far, nobody has whined except the Wizards, and they were never at the hands of a one-sided display of foul calls in this series.

    And if those lopsided stats aren’t saying something, then move along. I am not going to recount the entire game for someone who didn’t watch it. I put a lot of evidence in here. You aren’t convinced and you didn’t watch the game.

    Not my problem.

  • http://www.maskedmoviesnobs.com El Bicho

    You and Jordan both complain about perceived unfairness from the officials, so why is he the only one who is crying about it?

    “and the[Wizards] were never at the hands of a one-sided display of foul calls in this series.”

    Allowing LeBron to travel on his game-winning shot when he obviously moved his pivot foot is certainly one-sided. How many travels did the Wizards get away with in the game?

    I wasn’t asking for a play-by-play analysis, but you only posted stats without context. The only thing the numbers on their own make clear is that the Cavs didn’t adjust to how the game was being played. Different refs call games differently.

    Like Matt said, “welcome to the playoffs.”