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Friday, May 3, 2013
TrueHoop TV: New day for Warriors

By Henry Abbott

Ethan Sherwood Strauss was our invited guest on this version of TrueHoop TV, and he did a great job explaining the might of the Warriors. But, predictably, his dog Otto stole the show.

Also, a key point: We discuss a controversial block/charge call from the Nuggets loss. From a 2008 TrueHoop post:
A lot of calls that look like charges are correctly called blocks. When you rewind these plays on your Tivo, don't do what referees make fun of fans for doing: Trying to decide if the players feet were set before the contact.

That's not the standard.

What you want to know is: Is the defensive player's torso set in position before the offensive player begins his upward motion? The defense can not slide into position after the offensive player has reached this stage.

Why did they set that standard at the moment of upward motion? Joe Borgia, the NBA's director of officiating programs and development, says "because we had to set it somewhere." He adds that "the moment of alighting is too late." In years of watching film, however, Borgia has confidence they chose the correct moment.