No-call, or did Rondo flop?

By | May 31st, 2012 | 4 Comments

Disclaimer: I’m a huge Heat fan who is emotionally invested in this playoff run to an embarrassing degree. That said, with seemingly every sports writer/analyst in the world crying foul about an alleged no-call when Dwyane Wade, with 1:33 left in overtime of Wednesday night’s game, defended a layup attempt by Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo, who had one of the best playoff performances in Celtics and perhaps even NBA playoff history, I seem to be the only one who thinks the refs made the right call, that is, by not making a call. Admittedly, from the baseline angle, it looks like Wade rakes his hand across Rondo’s face. But from the sideline angle it seems possible that not only did Wade not whack Rondo — he didn’t even touch him. Fast forward to 1:02 of this video: Does Wade pull his hand away at the last millisecond? Further food for thought: Isn’t falling to one’s knees and throwing up one’s hands a flopper’s calling card? You tell me.

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4 Comments on “No-call, or did Rondo flop?”

  1. 1 Barry said at 12:01 pm on June 2nd, 2012:

    It’s close but I don’t think it was a flop, boss. And at that point in the game it should’ve been called.

    That said, Rondo should have gotten back up the court, this was THE sequence of the game.

    “Further food for thought: Isn’t falling to one’s knees and throwing up one’s hands a flopper’s calling card? You tell me.”

    Ha! Man you’re such a conspiracy theorist when it comes to the Heat!

  2. 2 Jordan Melnick said at 12:11 pm on June 2nd, 2012:

    I feel the opposite — at that point in the game, it should NOT have been called. At most it was a touch foul and it was a circus shot that Rondo, even amid such a spectacular performance, was probably not going to make. One of the unwritten rules in bball officiating: Don’t bail out a player taking a circus shot late in the game. Maybe that explains the no-call. KG’s foul on the other end a few plays later was, on the other hand, an obvious foul that altered an otherwise easy shot, so they had to call that one. Some people are saying Wade kicked KG on the drive and should have been called for an offensive foul. It was a 50-50 call, the fouls happened at the same time. To pull from baseball: Tie goes to the runner!

  3. 3 Barry said at 12:18 pm on June 2nd, 2012:

    I should add I know NOTHING about basketball! The Heat were never this good when I was growing up and what’s more… why would anyone in Miami play basketball on a hot ass hard top when you’ve got all that glorious green to toss around the pigskin?

    Those Miami High bball teams of the 90s were the closest I ever came to really getting into the game. Otherwise I can’t engage on your level Coach Melnick!

  4. 4 Jordan Melnick said at 12:53 pm on June 2nd, 2012:

    Those hot hass hard tops are my favorite places in Miami. By the way, here are my thoughts on last night’s game.


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