Thursday, February 15, 2007
You mean... they don't call traveling in the NBA?
Flip Saunders is a little upset that a traveling violation wasn't called during last night's game in which the Pistons lost to a weary Spurs team 90-81. The Spurs apparently waited through a three-hour weather delay to get from Newark to Detroit on Tuesday night and didn't arrive until sometime around 4am. So... you'd have to figure Detroit has a major advantage, right? Wrong. And losing a game like that has left Coach Saunders a little frustrated about, among other things, the awful officiating by the crew of Eddie Rush, Leon Wood, and Phil Robinson.
From the Detroit Bad Boys, via the Detroit Free Press:
The officiating unnerved the Pistons early. In the second quarter while down 10, the Pistons saw a Spur travel; the officials didn't call it. The possession continued, and Elson hit a jumper and got a shot at a free throw. He missed that, but the Spurs got the rebound, and Ginobili hit a three-pointer.
So in the Pistons' mind, that no-call cost them five points. Couple that with missed lay-ups and dunks, and frustration reigned.
"Every year we go to our league meetings," Saunders said, "and make a point of emphasis about traveling. They might as well let people do what they want because we don't call traveling. It becomes somewhat frustrating."
So what Flip is trying to tell us is that traveling is a problem in the NBA. Wow... I would have never guessed.