Anyone suggesting that off court incidents and ugliness from teams past should have any sort of impact on how a game is officiated is a freakin moron.
That officiating last night was a disgrace. If that is the product I'm forking over my hard earned dough to witness, I see no reason to renew my season tix.
I do feel ref's should call an fair game...
Here are quotes from the Pacer players themselves from over the weekend;
"I feel like this team, the way the referees call it, we get (expletive) every night," Armstrong said. "I'm going to be honest, it seems like the referees are calling our games like the brawl team (2004-05). We're not that team that was in the brawl. We're the 2006-07 team. It's just sad because we get treated like that. We get a lot of bad calls home and away. Then we can't talk to the officials the right way."
O'Neal said certain officials treat the Pacers with no respect.
"The tone they are talking to us, it's a little strange," he said. "I could have sworn we're all grown men. They are talking in a manner you probably shouldn't. It's not all them, it's a couple of them that come in here and say things to you that kind of have you wondering,'Why are you talking to me like that.' All in all, I guess we're still on punishment for whatever reason. I don't understand, it's a whole new team."