Posts Tagged ‘Hawks’

Up By 10, Lose By 20.

Posted: March 28, 2013 in Uncategorized
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This game started pretty well. The crowd was into it, thanks to the pre-game Amir Johnson bobbleheads. Terrence Ross had a couple nice dunks, and Aaron Gray was safely on the bench. Toronto was leading most of the way, and although Atlanta started to push, the teams were still tied going into the fourth. Then, the Toronto offense turned into this:

Within what seemed like seconds, the wheels had fallen off. Valanciunas threw a pass to nobody. Lowry threw a pass to Gay, who watched as it went through his legs, Buckner-style. And Amir Johnson of bobblehead fame left the game with an injury. Suddenly the Hawks were on their way to a 32-13 run to finish the game.

And while the Raptors’ season continues to spiral down the toilet, the Hawks clinched a playoff spot with tonight’s win.

You’re welcome, Atlanta.

Inside The Mind Of An NBA Referee

Posted: January 31, 2013 in Uncategorized
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So, after losing a point guard just before tip-off, the Raptors went out and lost by a point to the Atlanta Hawks. And although a miserable 3rd quarter may have had something to do with it (outscored by the Hawks 30-14) this will be remembered as yet another game where the Raptors were robbed by the refs.

For those who missed it, here’s how the last seconds of the game looked on TV:

 

And now that same sequence again, as seen by the referees:

Having already apologized to the Raptors twice this season for poor officiating, the NBA will likely issue another one. Or, to save time, they might just change the date on a previous apology and re-use it.

Memo to all NBA officials: we are perfectly capable of losing on our own. We don’t need your help.