Stan Van Gundy appeared on the Dan Patrick show on Thursday, and had some interesting comments on the officiating we’ve seen during the eastern Conference Finals.
Van Gundy believes that games this deep into the postseason actually should be called differently than those played during the regular season, which is a deviation from how most purists of the game tend to see things. The popular argument here goes something like, “if it’s a foul in the first quarter, then it’s a foul in the fourth quarter.” But it makes sense that things should be watched even more carefully when the games that are being played are at their most important stage.
Taking that idea a step further, Van Gundy also said he didn’t think the sixth foul called on LeBron James near the end of Game 4 was justified. He went on to explain in detail, and basically said that because of how Dwyane Wade didn’t use the screen that James set, that it didn’t end up being part of the play, so Lance Stephenson backing into the screener and tripping shouldn’t have been cause for James to pick up that sixth personal foul.
Check out the clip above for the entirety of Van Gundy’s comments.