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NBA Refs Really Do Screw Over The Raptors More Than Other Contenders

You can thank the NBA’s Two Minute Reports for confirming what Toronto Raptors fans have known about for years. NBA refs really do screw over the boys from the North more.

Chris Herring of FiveThirtyEight has run the numbers and the Raptors have been victimized by the referees 18 times in the last two minutes with the score within three points this season and that doesn’t count things like Jonas Valanciunas getting hit in the face on that game tying dunk on the Bucks that was later called incidental contact.

Of the teams in contention this season: Toronto (18 blown calls), Boston (17), Golden State (11), Houston (8) and (cough-cough) Cleveland (11), the Raptors are number one at getting screwed by the refs with the game on the line. The only solace might be the Celtics aren’t treated that much better, but being lumped in with the also-rans at the top of the disrespect chart isn’t anything to be happy about.

Apparently there is some justification to DeMar DeRozan’s frustration at not getting calls. He’s number five on the list identifying players who the referees choose to ignore when they’ve been fouled in crunch time.

Yes Toronto isn’t on the top of the bad calls list. That honor deservedly goes to Spencer Dinwiddie and the Nets, but that’s historically consistent. Really bad teams don’t get calls.

However, the Raptors (and even the Celtics) are the best in the East and in third and fourth overall respectively in the league. They deserve better and the four-time All-Star DeRozan shouldn’t have to be among the league leaders in getting no respect from the referees.



Stephen_Brotherston_insideStephen Brotherston covers the Toronto Raptors and visiting NBA teams at the Air Canada Centre and is a member of the Professional Basketball Writers Association.




One thought on “NBA Refs Really Do Screw Over The Raptors More Than Other Contenders

  1. Jai

    How can a organisation like the NBA who fines players heavily for speaking the truth for non calls. It is only natural in such a physical game that a player will be pumped up in the way he speak, but as he do this he is punished by the Ref. then if he speaks up he is fined. Shame on the NBA.
    How can there be a list of teams that has non calls and bad calls if the Refs. and the NBA were working fairly. They should check the replay when there is a doubt, and the player protests. In the game of Cricket which I do not watch often, the umpires do the same, check the replay. Failure to do the right thing causes lack of respect for the Officials and dislike among players for each other even if they don’t show it. This is a Sport it means fun not hate or dislike. I am sure players truly love each other lets share the love

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