Grading the Officials in Game Five of the NBA Finals

This is probably beating a dead horse, but remember when I did a bush-league analysis of the referees' performance in game five of the Finals?

Roland Beech of 82games.com has been wearing out the heads on his VCR showing how to do a much more sophisticated job.

I don't really want to paraphrase his extensive findings. You should read the whole thing.

But to me, the most important thing he found was this: when you analyze the questionable calls, all together, Beech found Bennett Salvatore's calls skewed heavily in favor of the Miami Heat, which was a pretty big deviation from what Beech found from the other referees.

You hear that? That's the sounds of conspiracy theorists getting all excited.