I'm not one to believe in conspiracy theories, never have and never will. But after last nights game between the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers I can see why a lot of people do not trust the NBA at all.
LeBron James was in major foul trouble. That's the same LeBron who is never in trouble with official calls. The same LeBron James that has fouled out just two times in the whole of his NBA playoff career - a mammoth 152 games in 10 years.
Yes his play is aggressive but the former MVP is incredibly smart. He knows the game better than most and this was only the 9th time in his career he has been in foul trouble. That's how clean a player he is.
So you can bet it raised eyebrows when the 29-year old was whistled for his 5th offence with a massive 8 minutes left to play in the 3rd quarter. And the Miami star can rightfully dispute every single one of the calls made against him.
Let's run through the calls:
Foul One: Need a second view as it's tough to discern who touches Paul George as both James and Chris Bosh are right by each other.
Foul Two: I see literally no touch from James. An absolute joke this call is! James arms are nowhere even near to George Hill.
Foul Three: Paul George moves into LeBron's driving lane. The Pacers mans feet are still moving and it is the very definition of a blocking foul. James does stick his arm out but it should be a playon, no advantage is gained by either side.
Foul Four: Yet again I'm not seeing a touch. Definitely not enough to impede Roy Hibbert even if there is contact.
Foul Five: Such a weak call. LeBron tries to move his body in front of Lance while Lance is pulling James all over the place. See no way the refs can say it was only James that fouled in that instance. Play on.
All in all it is more pathetic refereeing from the NBA. There is no other professional league in the world with consistently disgraceful performances from the officials.