GTG, on 12 April 2012 - 10:51 PM, said:
It definitely wasn't the worst reffed game I've seen this year, but it's frustrating when our guys have to get hit 3 or 4 times before a whistle sounds and then on the other end, they make a ton of "ticky-tack" calls and fall for nearly every one of SA's flops.
If the officiating just for Rudy - and ONLY Rudy - were consistent, it would make a tremendous difference for our team. Based on the way games are reffed on our defensive end, Rudy gets "fouled" probably close to half the times he attacks the basket, and that's not very much of an exaggeration. There are so many freaking times when he takes the ball strong and gets bumped or pushed as he makes his initial move. That should be a foul, because it so dramatically effects everything that happens after that. When we do that, we get called the majority of the time. Then there are plenty of times when he'll take contact again, usually as he's going up, a second foul that doesn't get called very often. Then, when he's finishing, it's rare that anyone is actually near him. When someone is, he will usually get a foul call when it is a real foul. But, I think this is basically why Rudy doesn't get the calls he deserves - refs look for the expected contact at the point of finishing. He's so athletic, he's usually finishing cleanly, with the defense not really having a chance to block or make a play. So, the defense bumps, bodies, holds, rakes, and slaps him as he's making his move, to prevent him from getting by. This is where he's getting fouled all the time and it isn't whistled nearly enough. Too many times he ends up in an awkward position that is tough to finish from because he has been fouled on the initial move. And when that's happening, Rudy has a tendency to get timid taking it to the basket, because the refs are letting all the contact go. So, instead he'll pull up for a jumper, because he knows he can at least get it off cleanly.
Case in point was his tremendously clutch baseline layup at the end of the Clippers game. He got bumped on the initial move, so that he almost stepped on the out of bounds line, and he missed his initial trajectory for his move. But he's so used to it that he recovered and finished from a difficult angle anyway. That happens ALL the time and is rarely, rarely called.