Get your eyes checked B.
Ok friends, I did what I asked all of you to do. Go back and watch the film, it's right here in this very thread, page 2.
Know why there were so many free throws? Anyone know? You get FOUR fouls a quarter, before free throws. FOUR. One problem. ALL FOUR of the Kings fouls to start the Q were shooting fouls = 8 free throws. That's why there were 27 free throws. I mentioned already, 3 intentional fouls, plus 1 clear path foul = 7 of the free throws. That leaves 20 free throws. If you have 4 fouls that are non shooting, that would take 14 fouls to be called. But that isn't what happened. They had exactly the 10 fouls, to give LA 20 free throws.
So let's go thru them.
11:33 Pollard. Walks into Shaq with his arms up. Walton even says, when you put your hands up that early, you are telling the ref you give up on the play. I marked this down as a clear foul, but after finishing the quarter, I will give this one a -- I could hear an argument either way on this. (it should be noted, Bibby and the Kings ALREADY are crying on this call, and at the time, they have shot more free throws then the Lakers by a two to one margin. Walton will later speak on that)
10:27 Webber. EASY call. Fouls on a fastbreak dunk attempt. No argument from anybody.
8:29 Divac Easy call, but I won't go all caps like the Webber. He is reaching, swinging, slapping, and he hits Shaq's hand. The argument here could be late whistle however, but the replay showed it was indeed a foul. Argue if you wish
7:37 Jackson Clear path foul, he was stopping an easy dunk. No argument, and guess what, you are now in the penalty. 4 fouls, free throws for all of them. THAT is why there was 27. If these are all reach ins or whatever, then there woulda been a lot less free throws in the quarter. But lemme guess, we all forgot that, right?
6:20 Funderburke. This is easily the lamest call. Push in the back, this is a call I could do with out. No Laker fan would say this was well deserved or anything. At least, Shaq missed a FT, best I can give you.
4:24 Webber, this is the part where Walton says the 2-1 free throw margin HAD been for the Kings, and now the Lakers have passed them. 3 and a half quarters in........but the refs fixed this game.
Webber slaps Shaq on the head as he tries to shoot over Divac. Easy call.
2:56 Divac. Guess what? Divac fouls on this play. Why this important? Because Webber also had 5, and it SHOULD have been a foul on Webber. He fouls Horry first, but no call, and then Divac dives for the ball on top of Horry and gets called. The refs let Webber play, but didn't let Divac get away with it. Either way, SOMEBODY had to be called for a foul. This is at the 1:28:29 mark of the youtube vid.
2:16 Funderburke. EASY call. Jumps over the back of Shaq, to prevent entry pass. If this was foul number 1-4, no free throws, in the penalty, we shoot free throws. Timing is everything in fouls and foul shots.
1:54 Christie. This one is debateable, he will say he went straight up, but Kobe was rising up with Christie and Webber there, there was alot of contact on Christie and Kobe's part. This is a -- you can argue either way. This is the best one, Bibby crumbles to the floor crying.
1:37 Funderburke EASIEST call, Fox with the rebound, Funder clears him out, knocks Fox to the floor, easy call.
1:15 Hedo, we spoke on this. Dude fouled Fox like 3 times on this single play, argue all you want, something was getting called somewhere.
The next 3 fouls were all intentional, to stop the clock. = 6 more free throws.
There were 2 other calls that I thought SHOULD have been fouls on Sac that weren't called, At the 1:09 mark on the Youtube vid when Shaq makes a turnaround shot, Divac pushes him, but it doesn't get called, and the Shaq bucket under a minute, he gets hit but no call either.
That's every foul, every free throw. By all means, please dispute them, I would love to hear your arguments. All I have heard for years was crying and whining, well we have the tape right here in this thread, go thru it, tell me how "terrible" the calls are now. When the heat of the moment is over with. I came up with 2-3 possible shady calls, and even found 2 non calls. There's also a play earlier when Bobby Jackson isn't called for a carry, and the whole Laker bench jumps up at once yelling for it, Bobby then goes and scores.
There's a play where Peja steps out of bounds for a turnover early in the 4th, and the Kings are arguing about THAT, from 90 feet away.
The Kings were already of the mindset, refs refs refs, and they were actually ahead in free throws, that's a mental midget right there.
So whatever, I gave every call right here to all of you on a platter, no need to argue now, just watch the tapes of those calls and go from there. Make sure to wait for the replays on some of them, they happen fast.
After I posted this, not one single person replied or countered a single play/call. Zero.
But the narrative that something was amiss lives on, forever probably. But no one will actually rewatch the game, and view the actual calls, like I did. *shrugs*