I am going to watch the tape tonight, to see how many fouls were not called
I hope you have 3 or 4 others watching the tape with you. You're going to need a lot of fingers and toes to keep track.
Seriously, as you know, it was an absolute war any where near the are of the basket.
I think the Pacers were frustrated because in the Heat series, at times neither team could breath on each other without a foul being called. This series was predicted to be a war between two very good defensive teams, and the refs are allowing it to be played that way.
I do believe the Pacers are being fouled on 1/3 of the shots they take withing 5 feet of the basket. But I also believe the same could be said for the Pistons. Last night, players from both teams, whether they made the shot or not, were complaining about contact to their forearms as they were shooting. I really agreed with players from both teams.... there WAS a lot of contact to the forearms.
The only thing that bothers me, from the perspective of both teams, is that anything went under the basket, but players were being called for questionable blocking fouls out on the floor, 22-25 feet from the basket.
There were really only a couple of problems that I had from a Pacer perspective.
On one, Rip lost control of the ball on the dribble when being pressured and ran 8-10 feet to pick it up in hand, only to begin dribbling again. The ref assumed that a Pacer player deflected it, but that was not the case. Rip just lost control.
The other was when Tinsley ran flat into a Pistons player on a moving screen about 20 feet from the basket, only to see the Pistons hit the jumper with no foul called against the screener. That call stood out to me because it cost us two points.
But for the two that I remember as a Pacers fan, I am certain that a Pistons fan could point out a handful that went the other way.
I would agree that the game was a very tough one to referee, with all of the contact in the paint. But from my perspective, I'd say the refs should call all the fouls they want. With the duration of the TV timeouts beyond bordering on the ridiculous, the only way that our depth can account for anything would be through attrition. Let players from both teams start getting into some serious foul trouble, and I think our depth would actually mean something.