From the transcript provided by the league after Boston lost Game 2 to the Miami Heat in the most painful of ways, with Rajon Rondo and Ray Allen taking questions:
Q. Rajon, I think you missed a reverse lay‑up at 105‑all. It looked like you might have got hit across the face. Can you talk about that play. It was a big turning point, it looked like.
RAJON RONDO: It was obvious. I can’t comment about that play in particular.
RAY ALLEN: We all thought he got hit. I’ll say it. He did, but what can you do about it?
RAJON RONDO: It’s part of the game. Things don’t go your way. That was a big swing for us. I think we had the momentum. A lot of controversy out there. Just didn’t go our way.
What does he mean by a lot of controversy?
Start with that noncall, which was blatantly obvious and came at an extremely crucial time of the game. Instead of Rondo taking free throws at 105-105, the Heat raced away with a man advantage and got a dunk that put them ahead.
One call does not determine a game’s result, nor does one non-call. But that one non-call had a large impact.
To further illustrate what Rondo means by controversy, here are some other numbers from the game, and the series:
What in those numbers makes the Celtics mad?
The more accurate question is what doesn’t?
There’s the free throw disparity, the foul disparity, the technical foul disparity and the fact that Paul Pierce has played as many minutes as LeBron James and Dwayne Wade but has almost twice as many fouls.
Does it make the difference between winning and losing?
Well … complaining about refereeing is lame (the five-against-eight cry is old and tired), and there’s no doubt the Heat will laugh at any argument or griping and point out that Boston has gotten plenty of calls in its history. But the numbers do nothing to dispel an impression that the Celtics are not getting many calls.
Especially when Pierce fouls out on a call when he jumps straight up and Wade, out of control, flies into him, backward.
Especially when Kevin Garnett is called for a foul when Wade jumps and kicks his leg into Garnett’s midsection.
Especially when Rondo is hit in the face on that crucial layup and no call is made.
And especially when Boston shoots 29 free throws in one game and in the same game James has 24 by himself.
Let the conspiracy theorists begin.