I really don't know what else to say... The Toronto Raptors, who were down by as much as 21 points against a very game Sacramento Kings team, were on the verge of completing what some may call an improbable comeback effort. 28.5 seconds on the clock, Raptors are down 105-99, John Salmons inbounds the ball to DeMar DeRozan, who immediately swings the ball to Kyle Lowry, who immediately shoots a three pointer over rookie Ben McLemore, who fell into Lowry as the shot went in and a whistle was made... Against Kyle Lowry! Lowry was called for an offensive foul, to which he walked (ran) in the other direction to avoid confrontation from the referee, AND STILL GOT TECHED UP and was ejected for "demonstrative actions against the officials".
Excuse my language this one time, but that is bull sh*t of the highest grade! That call completely changed the momentum and outcome of the game. Had the call been on point, which should have been a shooting foul on Ben McLemore, the Raptors would what been down by 3 (105-102) with an opportunity to cut the lead down to 2. This was NOT the case. The call was made, Lowry was ejected and the Kings went on to win 109-101. Also keep in mind that while the Raptors were down big in this game, they also are a top 10 (I think 5th best) defensive team in the NBA, especially in the 4th quarter, where in this game they outscored the Kings 29-17.
This is not a baseless rant of a fan who just watched his favourite team lose, this is a legitimate gripe. The NBA officials for the longest time has railroaded Toronto, as well as other teams with horrible calls, ESPECIALLY in late game situations that affect the outcome of the game. In Toronto's case, there were 4 games last season where the NBA came out and apologized for blowing calls that would have changed the outcome of each game. The games in question were against Charlotte (twice), Atlanta and Chicago. The messed up part about it is that Toronto was only 4 games back from the 8th playoff seed in the East.
This has been an ongoing issue. Just recently, Joakim Noah blew his stack at a horrible call (vs the Kings no less) and proceeded to drop F-sharps at all three refs.
My issue is that when players, coaches or owners (yes, you Mark Cuban) calls out this injustice, they are immediately slapped with a $10000+ fine. So there is no way to really seek change and find a resolution to this issue.
So, I'll stop myself from beating a dead horse and simply say that Adam Silver, who was in attendance, NEEDS to address this issue. As the for the referees, I think this picture says it all...