The NBA Playoffs have been a rollercoaster ride for fans of every single NBA team. We have four teams left that not many people would have predicted to be in this position at this point in the season. The Western Conference has the Dallas Mavericks facing the Golden State Warriors (no Lakers in sight), and the Eastern Conference has the Boston Celtics facing the Miami Heat (no Brooklyn in sight).
However, the one consistency that we have seen through the season is poor officiating. Every game leads to fans criticizing officials for blatantly bad calls. Twitter complaints against referees have become commonplace, but the NBA needs to do something when the biggest public face of the league is also complaining about the same.
LeBron James tweeted his dissatisfaction with all the illegal screens both Boston and Miami were getting away with during Game 2 of their ECF matchup, hoping to bring this issue to the notice of the people in power of the league's officiating:
A screen can be illegal for many reasons, but the primary culprit is when the defensive screening player continues to move their feet in response to the offensive player. In that case, a moving screen foul should be called. But this isn't enforced with regularity, as evidenced in the Boston and Heat matchup.
With both teams running small-ball lineups, players are constantly getting trapped by moving screens. PJ Tucker of the Heat is one player who is prone to committing a lot of illegal screens by virtue of wiggling to adjust when the player makes contact with him. Grant Williams of Boston can have a similar accusation hurled at him.
This isn't unique to this series, as we have seen it take place throughout the playoffs. Hopefully, LeBron's comments open the eyes of the officials and they can be more stringent about such calls, as it takes away from the legitimacy of the game.