Okay, so we now know from the SLtrib blog that Coach Sloan avoided any punishment for getting intimate with referee Michael Smith on Friday night's game in Phoenix.
It is 2010 and knowing what we now know about disgraced former ref Tim Donaghy's stories, do you guys think we are in for some referee retribution tonight against the Celtics? I'll definitely be recording this game and watching closely.
Now I don't believe all of what Donaghy alleges, but there are certain aspects that are so close to what I have seen in games to not be true (or at least seem a little fishy). Specific examples include superstar treatment by the refs, calling fouls inconsistently from game to game, and make-up calls. In particular, I found the anecdote about Steve Javie and Allen Iverson interesting. To recap, Iverson made some comments about Javie and was fined $25k by the league. Here's what Donaghy had to say in his book:
"The league fined Iverson $25,000 for his comments, but most of the league referees thought the punishment was too lenient and were upset he wasn't suspended. As a result, we collectively decided to dispense a little justice of our own, sticking it to Iverson whenever we could."
Is it possible that we could see the refs give the Jazz and/or specifically Jerry Sloan some "justice" tonight against one of the league's favorite teams? We all have watched the Celtics and their tenacious style of defense in the past two seasons. They grab, hold, and bump people and get away with it. Why? Because they are widely BELIEVED to be the best defensive team. It's a self-reinforcing dogma, and as a result you see KG and Perkins set moving screens EVERY SINGLE POSSESSION and rarely get called for it. Just type a search in on YouTube and you'll see video evidence of all the illegal screens (and believe me, they are blatant shoves) that KG sets.
I had originally predicted tonight would be a win (see my previous fanpost predicting the last 20 games), but I have to change my prediction now. My hunch is we're going to see at least 2 technical fouls from the Jazz side and multiple players are going to be in foul trouble. Given the fact that AK and Memo are likely scratches tonight, we are going to have to dig deep and get lucky to score a victory. This is the same Celtics team that just beat Dallas in their home. Let's hope that doesn't occur tonight in ours.