Posted by Neil Paine on June 15, 2010
Our friend David Biderman of the Wall Street Journal has a great piece today on the biggest complainers of the Finals so far:
"In the first five games of the Finals—which continue Tuesday with Game 6 in Los Angeles—the Celtics screamed, threw up their arms or spun around in disgust (or all three) after 48% of the fouls they were called for, according to an analysis by The Count. We looked at every foul in the series that wasn't intentional, tracked the observable reactions and gave extra weight to the more blatant complaints. The Lakers expressed displeasure about 36% of the time, even though Kobe Bryant disputed half of his while Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce only bickered about one-third of theirs."
Ray Allen's 3-point marksmanship (in Game 2, at least) has only been exceeded by his whining -- Mr. Shuttlesworth took issue with 73% of the calls that went against him, easily the highest rate in the series. On a team with Kendrick Perkins (68% whine rate) and legendary complainer Rasheed Wallace (65%), Allen's feat is truly impressive. On the Laker side, Kobe and Pau Gasol both moaned about 50% of the whistles against them.
In fairness, with so much on the line, it's hard to blame the players for getting caught up in the emotion of the moment and complaining about calls. And sometimes officials clearly make mistakes, that much is certain. But there's no way the ref was wrong on 50+% of the calls that went against you. In my opinion, some of these guys just need to shut up and play.