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Referees Are Still Clueless

by Photo of Andrew Lontos

The Magic only had four players on the court last night, but Jason Richardson fixed that easily.

Referees Are Still Clueless

Everyone seemed to be confused as Orlando Magic shooting guard Jason Richardson came off the bench against the Boston Celtics, while the ball was in play, and made a steal. Yes, during an actual live play he just walked off the bench. And got away with it.

With just four Orlando players on the court, Richardson realized that his team was down a man. So, instead of checking in at the next whistled, he simply walked on the court and made a play on Celtics center Greg Stiemsma. And, naturally, he got away with it. Just don’t ask anyone how. Not even Tommy Heinsohn could figure it out. Watch:

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It's pretty amazing that referees don't notice when there are six players on the court (during the game-winning possession), or just four. It's even crazier that they fail to realize when a team makes a change during play! If this doesn't show that the level of officiating is not where it should be, I don't know what will. Now, the Magic lost 87-56 so this had no bearing on the outcome. But that's besides the point. Mistakes like this have and will impact the outcome.



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