Four times, as the Celtics began a run, phantom technical fouls were called. Each stopped Boston's momentum, causing a burst in scoring by the Heat, and ultimately their victory. I like neither Boston nor Miami, but to say that the Heat were not heavily favored by the referees in tonight's basketball game would be absurd.
Stan Van Gundy repeatedly bashed the officials, saying some of their calls should not even be made "in high school." Alas, they occurred in the Eastern Conference Finals.
The very same tone was set in the Heat's game 1 matchup against the New York Knicks several weeks ago. Technical fouls out of thin air, destruction of the away team's runs, and a resultant win by the Heat. Either the refs are on the take or they all had an absolutely atrocious game, at the exact same time as the Knicks-Heat series, with the same result.