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Let's talk about the officiating this season

The officiating so far has been, and I don't say this lightly, god awful this year. They're throwing out flagrants and ejections like they're candy literally anytime someone's face gets touched (except if they play for OKC apparently, we can't even get a review when every other team does. It's only if we do it to someone else). It's getting to the point where it's borderline unwatchable at times. Melo's flagrant 2 was the worst I'd ever seen until I saw Russ's flagrant 1 tonight (both these plays, we had a guy or 2 get hit in the face around the same time as these flagrants and didn't get a single review). Steph's flagrant the other day was bs, as was Lowry's ejection for saying "that's a f***in foul" when Steve Kerr can say "f**k you motherf***er" and only get a tech

I don't understand what's going on, but I don't like it at all. I've been saying for a while that the NBA has passed up the NFL as the best major sport league in America, but now I'm starting to have my doubts. It seems like there's more things that makes me scratch my head every season


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It's been a strange season in

It's been a strange season in terms of officiating, it seems like the refs are allowing more contact this year, which would be a good thing if at the same time they weren't throwing around techs and flagrant fouls for very questionable reasons. How can the players adapt? On one hand, they're encouraged to be more physical, on the other hand, often when they are they get T'd up or ejected for it.

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I see a lot of young refs

Very inexperienced. Very quick to the whistle and very unbalanced.

Good post I have also noticed how poor its been.

Some rule changes have been good. I like the lack of continuation calls (the James Harden Rule - you know you are a great player when they change the rules for you), and the pumpfake jump into defender rule (Reggie Miller). Players are starting to do less of it.

But established veterans get wayyyyy too many calls and thats because the Refs are young and afraid of star power.

I guess at a certain point you need to refresh your refereeing, but yeah flagrants are ridiculous. The game has to be more physical, and the calls have to be more balanced. Watching these games there is a clear difference between a newer referee and more experienced ones. The females in general seem terrible, but I don't blame them, I think they are new to this as well. In the NBA a ref has to be assertive and confident. Hoping to see the newbies develop that confidence and not be afraid to call out a star or a star team. Too much bias on reputation.

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Good call on the James Harden

Good call on the James Harden and Reggie Miller calls, that’s one thing that they’re doing well now. I wanted to kill myself watching OKC foul Houston on every 3 in the playoffs last year

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They're supposed to be

They're supposed to be tougher on continuations generally this year, right? It seems like they are following through from the few games I've seen. It looks like players have to take the shot immediately after contact to draw an and-one, whereas in previous years they could sort of regain their balance after the contact and then take the shot. Of course stars will probably continue to get the benefit of the doubt.

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The officiating has been

The officiating has been terribly biased in the NBA ever since I started watching basketball. Refs have thier favourite players and coaches so 50-50 calls go thier way. When that is not in play they usually give the 50-50 call to the home team to appease ticket buyers. This ios how the NBA has control over the league and its worse then any other league because it literally shapes the outcome of the game. Or maybe Im crazy.

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the flow of the game

to me, I don't care you how you look at it, but the flow of the game is not conistent and has been a problem for a long time in the NBA. Some games are better while others I have to turn it off because the officals ruin it by blowing the whistle on every play. I want the game to be played more like hockey, not as brutal, but just let the game flow more without all these stupid fouls and stop letting the refs take over the game.

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the flow of the game

to me, I don't care you how you look at it, but the flow of the game is not conistent and has been a problem for a long time in the NBA. Some games are better while others I have to turn it off because the officals ruin it by blowing the whistle on every play. I want the game to be played more like hockey, not as brutal, but just let the game flow more without all these stupid fouls and stop letting the refs take over the game.

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Gr8 Topic! The Officiating is NCAA level Bad!

I know that is a bit of hyperbole b/c the Officiating at the NCAA level is generally regarded as the major reason

for the dip in quality & fan interest

But the officiating early this NBA season reminds me Very much of the awful NCAA level of officiating where you can't go 30 seconds w/o a whistle

NBA Refs are really Over officiating these games & it has to stop b/c there is No flow, no Rhythm to these games

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