If you watched the game from the Knicks blue and orange colored lenses, then you must feel the same way I do. I just don’t get that offensive foul call with 21 seconds left in the game against Carmelo Anthony for a number of reasons. First, I don’t see how ‘Melo gets some kind of superior position due to the ‘foul’. And granted it seemed that there was a lot of hand fighting on both ends before the ball got there. The whistle could have gone either way.
Secondly how do the refs make that critical call given how loose the rest of the game was called? Again it’s not like Anthony got the ball with a clear lane to score. But considering the low ratio of New York layup attempts that ended up with Knicks on the floor to foul calls, why did all of a sudden the whistles come alive?
Finally, how is this call against Top 10 NBA Player™ Carmelo Anthony? Didn’t the Knicks acquire him to get these kind of last second calls? Aren’t the refs supposed to skew the calls towards the league’s elite players?
Yes, I’m probably being biased. At least I really hope so.
EDITED: Glad to think that it wasn’t the heat of the moment that led me to believe the calls were dubious. You can watch this play, and the screen/trip on Douglas at refcalls.com.
* Note: There are currently about 20 Top 10 NBA Players™.