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The NBA Has a Serious Refs Problem

Monty Williams Put NBA Officials on Blast After Major No-Call During the Pistons vs Knicks Game

The NBA Has a Serious Refs Problem
Head coach Monty Williams of the Detroit Pistons | Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images/AFP

Unbelievable.

The absolute worst call of the season, no call. Enough’s enough. – Monty Williams

The Pistons are one of the worst teams in the league. Winning NBA games this season or even competing has been a monumental task for them. To make matters worse on a very disappointing season, on Monday night Detroit finally had a winnable game but fans witnessed how the refs decided to screw them and help the Knicks, who let’s be honest, don’t need the extra help.

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Here’s what went down: The Pistons had a 111-110 lead with just over 10 seconds left in the game when Ausar Thompson intercepted a pass from Donte DiVincenzo. Thompson then reached half-court and DiVincenzo dove into his legs, which knocked the ball loose. DiVincenzo fouled Thompson, it was clear as day. After that, the Pistons would have secured the win… Everyone saw the foul except for the referees!

Instead, there was no call, Jalen Brunson recovered the ball and passed it to Josh Hart, who scored on a layup and got fouled by the Pistons (the refs did not miss this call…). Hart completed the 3-point play and the Knicks secured an undeserved 113-111 win, leaving Pistons players speechless!

After the game, Pistons head coach Monty Williams angrily blasted the NBA refs for missing the foul call.

“The absolute worst call of the season, no call. Enough’s enough,” Williams said to NBA news outlets.

“We’ve done it the right way, we’ve called the league, we’ve sent in clips. We’re sick of hearing the same stuff over and over again. We had a chance to win the game, and the guy (Donte DiVincenzo) dove into Ausar’s (Thompson) legs, and there was a no-call. That was an abomination. You cannot miss that in an NBA game. Period.”

Blown calls by game officials are unacceptable, especially when they influence the outcomes of the games! Let’s get real, it is not an easy job and they deserve some kind of acknowledgement, after all, they help make the games happen, but at the same time, they’re getting paid for this and some of their calls and/or lack of calls are just ridiculous, reflecting complete uselessness.

The NBA has to do a much better job preparing the referees for all kinds of game scenarios to guarantee that little details are not missed easily. The requirements to be a referee must change, the NBA has to make sure that not anyone can be a referee.

No one is perfect and we all make mistakes, the referees are human. Refs will make wrong calls and/or miss calls altogether from time to time, they’re not robots, but the problem, as I pointed out in December, is that these errors are happening too often. Everyone saw what transpired in the Pistons vs Knicks game on Monday, how can someone miss that call? After all, refs are supposed to be prepared to deal with situations like this.

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