“I’m not going to comment on the officiating, except to say I went back to look at the calls [on tape] and we didn’t get any. That’s unusual”
Vasquez on officiating:
“We can’t expect anything. This is the playoffs. We’re playing against vets. They’ve been in this league. They earned that respect. We can’t use the referees as an excuse.”
Officiating was a concern heading into this series, and although I don’t like to blame officiating for anything, some very dubious calls went the Nets way. For example, the Valanciunas foul on Garnett in the fourth, and the Paul Pierce travel. The Nets were also not called for a defensive foul in the fourth quarter.
At the same time, the Raptors didn’t put enough pressure on the Nets to earn those calls. We stayed on the perimeter and didn’t test the Nets’ interior defense, which ranked 28th in shot-blocking and 20th in picking up personal fouls during the regular season. Blake has more pre-game analysis for Game 2 and Game 2 is discussed in today’s Talking Raptors pod as well
RR will have immediate coverage of Game 2 in the form of the Quick Reaction and a post-game pod live from the ACC.