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Thursday, July 27, 2006
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.