As many around here may be aware by now, I really try to make as much of an effort as possible not to get too wrapped up in the officiating of basketball games, particularly those involving the Celtics. It's my belief that officiating is often an "eye of the beholder" issue and that for every call fans on one side talk about going the wrong way, there is likely to be one about which fans on the other side are saying the same. I really believe it all balances out (or comes close) in the long run.
But last night's Bennett Salvatore call on Paul Pierce for an offensive foul on what absolutely had to be a foul on Rip Hamilton to set up a four-point play for the Celtics was finally too much for me. But in the interest of checking that 'other side' of things, I figured I'd take a look at that one through the eyes of Pistons fans, and I was pleasantly surprised by what I saw.
A cursory glance at the game thread on Matt Watson's wonderful Detroit Bad Boys blog told me all I needed to know. With no intention of stepping on FLCeltsFan's 'other side' turf, here's a quick look:
WHOA. An offensive foul on Pierce? That has been called about once in the last 10 years.
Did they just call that on Pierce? This is fixed.