Ok, two things first.
I fully expect the Magic to win the series against the Cavaliers tonight or Monday night at the Q. If the Cavaliers win the series, they are the better team.. for now.
There is no corporate/NBAratings ref officiating conspiracy. Just inconsistent reff'ing throughout the games and unfair calls, whether missed or misinterpretted by the refs. They are people and they try their best. My best theory is that they are blinded by LBJ's legitimate Legendary skills and thus most calls are indeed most (or all) likely in LBJ's favor. And given that Dwight is no pretty offensive powerhouse at times (for now..), they feel more free to call it on him. Now to make it worse for the officiating refs, both Dwight and LBJ are total whine babies way too often with the reff'ing and need to both take it down a notch or altogether stop it.
But here's where I finally get to the mainpiece of this fanpost which this NBA.com Rob Peterson http://my.nba.com/thread.jspa?threadID=5700037939 points out.
We have another fanpost on TQC http://www.thirdquartercollapse.com/2009/5/29/892767/188 that looks at LBJ's amazing rate of FTAs with even less playoff games than the others in NBA history. But thats not EVEN the big problem when concerning the Magic and Dwight Howard.
Its that Dwight Howard as quoted by SVG on the same date as this fanpost (saturday, before game 6 of magic-cavaliers)- "I don't think there's a player at his level in the history of the league who has been called for as many fouls," Van Gundy said. "He's fouled out four times in 31, 32 or whatever it is playoff games (editor's note: it's 31) and Tim Duncan has fouled out six times in a 190 playoffs games."
[Further taken from Rob Peterson's article, ]
Actually, Duncan has only fouled out of four of his 160 postseason games, which is amazing in itself. Shaquille O'Neal has fouled out of 11 of his 201 postseason games!
By comparison, Howard has already fouled out of three of the five games this series!
"He doesn't get the benefit of any call," Van Gundy said. "Anything close is a foul. For them it's good strategy because right now, any contact, straight up-and-down or not, it's a foul."
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