The Nets were able to barely hang on to take Game 3 on Friday night, and Raptors head coach Dwane Casey thinks the officiating may have had a hand in their victory.
Toronto had trimmed Brooklyn’s lead down to four with 47.3 seconds left when Greivis Vasquez committed a shooting foul on Deron Williams, then was whistled for a technical when he protested the call.
“Again, I like my money,” Casey said when asked about the call, alluding to not wanting to get fined by the league. “But I’ve got to go back and look at the tape. Those kind of calls broke our back. It was the difference in the game. Again, they’re a great team, give them credit. We respect them, but let’s let the game be dictated by that.”
Brian ErniI get the frustration, I do. I thought the officials called a brutal contest in Game 2. It just so happened to be the Nets lost that game, and that’s not a coincidence. When tensions are this high and you’re so emotionally invested in the game, the officiating always looks worse in a loss. It’s just the way it is. To me, basketball has to be the most difficult game to officiate, as it’s often subject to split-second judgement calls at lightning speed. You can argue nearly anything, and I think this comment just speaks to the Raptors’ inexperience.
Casey was respectful when answering the question, but Vasquez did commit a foul and he did go back at the official pretty vehemently. When every possession matters, you just can’t do that, and I don’t think it’s in Toronto’s best interest to belabor the point. As a Nets fan, I’m happy, because it looks like it’s all getting in the Raptors’ head, fourth quarter surge or not.
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