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I know officiating is a very tough job because I have done it for myself. Dealing with parents, players and calling fouls at the blink of an eye is a very tough task to do. But the NBA has such biased refs that it is getting very hard to watch more and more basketball games. I haven't missed a Heat game in 6 years now and I can tell you that if you don't have a superstar on your team, it is a lot harder to get a foul call then if you did. Someone who doesn't watch sports can easily sit down and see how some players, like LeBron, Curry, Durant, and Harden get calls whenever they want or they are able to play much more physical defense then others who don't have the same status as they do.
I like the NBA when the players play much harder and more physical with each other but what I don't like is when one team gets soft fouls called on them and others can't get a foul called to save their lives. It is very frustrating to watch especially when the refs have a ton of training and they are paid a lot of money to make these calls. They also have a lot of technology to help them make these calls and yet they still end up getting calls wrong that influence the outcome of a game.
It's frustrating to see when your team is going out to compete every night to try and win but some players or even other teams get more opportunities to score and hurt the other teams when their best players get fouls early on in the game and have to sit down. Some games that I have watched have looked like the refs have been paid to call games for one team instead of the other but it goes unnoticed and the league doesn't do anything about it. Two games in the past week for the Heat have cost them the game. One happened against Portland as Dame Lillard was "fouled" shooting a 3 as time expired and he went to the line and made all 3 and the game ended. There was nothing Miami could do but sit there as he was able to win the game on free shots.
The refs called a foul on the final play of the game that was highly questionable and when it comes to being a ref in the NBA, they should not be the deciding factor when it comes to a team winning or losing a game. The second happened when the Heat played the Pacers on a Sunday. Jimmy Butler got a rebound with about 4 seconds left in overtime and the ref ran directly in front Erik Spolstra, who was wanting to call a timeout, and ignored him as Jimmy had to shoot the ball and he missed to eventually lose the game. The league released a document saying that the ref "did not see" Heat head coach Erik Spolstra call a timeout. This is very hard to believe as the ref looked right at Erik and ran right by him and then turned away to run down the court.
These are only two games in the past 10 days that have been costly to the Heat, let alone of all the games I've watched over the past 6 years that have cost playoff games and regular season games. The league needs to step in and show accountability when it comes to the refs mistakes who end up dictating the outcome of a game.
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