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"In 2008, former NBA referee Tim Donoghy was sentenced to 15 months in
prison for betting on games he officiated and accepting cash payments
Donoghy told the FBI that the NBA sometimes used referees to
“manipulate results,” and that Game 6 of the 2002 Western Conference
Finals was one of the games in which the league did so.
He alleged in his book Blowing The Whistle, that Dick
Bavetta, one of the referees assigned to the game, was generally
assigned to manipulate games in which the league wanted a particular
That's from a story I found online. Anyway the point is we fans of also ran's would love to have a champion. More so because status quo is the name of the game these days. My dad coached me in little league. We won 4 years out of 4. He knew the game but he also believed in sportsmanship. We didn't play dirty we played hard and believed. He liked to win and instilled that in us and a love of the game. So we played hard and loved it. Who could ask for more from a team?
I agree that officials do change the outcome of the game often (with both calls and no calls) I think the game vs. atlanta is a great example of the no calls killing Portland.
that's a point--whether it's a conspiracy or human nature i think teams that are outliers have to work harder for the same results.
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