Celtics Fans Planning Masked Protest of NBA Referees

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Do you think Boston fans are blaming Wednesday's Celtics loss on the weak play of team's veteran core? No, of course not. They're blaming it on the refs. That's just what Boston Celtics fans do. They may have a long list of rivalries with other actual teams, but everyone knows the uniform they despise most in the NBA is the stripped white-and-black one. At least when the game doesn't turn out their way.

So now Celtics fans are planning to protest the refs by wearing masks of disgraced NBA referee Tim Donaghy during tonight's game.

Donaghy is, of course, the disgraced NBA ref who spent 15 months in prison back in 2008 for gambling on the NBA and influencing games enough to affect the point spread. He's the mascot of sorts for people who believe crookedness among NBA refs goes much, much deeper.

So, Boston sports radio duo Toucher and Rich, the area's number one radio duo (and subjects of a pretty interesting recent profile, if you're into reading about such things) are trying to get fans to wear masks with Donaghy images to protest what they see as corrupt officiating. The local CBS station even has the masks available for download.

The belief that the refs handed the game to the Heat is running deep in Massachusetts at the moment, as evidenced by web memes like this.

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The New York Times is even on the case.

Of course, they're whining about Dwyane Wade's apparently uncalled foul of Rajon Rondo in overtime, and LeBron getting a little, uh, kick is far from the right word, so let's go with "foot contact" on Kevin Garnett, but still benefiting from a foul call.

Of course, after a Miami team loses, Miami fans simply mutter "our team sucks," and ignore the team until they get better. In Boston, they blame anyone else but the players. The Red Sox went decades without a World Series win? It's a curse, of course. They lost a close playoff game to a team that blew them out in Game 1 after they completely broke down in the third quarter? It's the refs, and the NBA surely has it out for one of its biggest, oldest and most devoted markets. Of course!

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Van
Van

It's true...  that game was rigged!

vega
vega

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Check out the contest on his Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/djiri...

Smb4034
Smb4034

It's funny how most of the people that commented on here are celtics fans....and new times is a Miami based magazine....I have it in my restaurant as I type. What's also interesting is that Miami on a whole is the only segment of the country that feels Boston fans don't have a legitimate beef with the refs...and by the way...it was wade that kicked Garnett...not James...lol. That right there shows how much "heat" fans know...get the facts right before you prInt something that is aimed at mocking an entire region of the country. Radio personalities, commentators on every station, analysts on every channel Are echoing that same as celtics fans...so is a large majority of the country is saying that the game was altered Because those calls, and Miamis fans don't even know who the calls were committed by...who should be mocked here?

Sweave71
Sweave71

It's true the refs can and did change the complexion of the game but the Boston bench didn't help out the cause any.

Mr J Celtic
Mr J Celtic

MyNani Feet are a bunch of cry babies starting with LJ! The only real good and honest player they have is D Wade. As far as that team and there fans.... Be ready for THE BOSTON CELTICS! We dont need refs help or much less pampering. The Boston Celtics are essence of tradition, history, comebacks and most important.... " players with HEART"! Lets go C and plz KG.... Make Mrs James cry!

Supr3d
Supr3d

Dwyane Wade's apparently uncalled foul of Rajon Rondo.  There was nothing apparent about it, he was slapped.  Both most of the fans didn't see that, as they left half-way through the 4th quarter...

Shitbull
Shitbull

 Of course, when it's against the Heat, it's fair! 

haha
haha

Miami sports fans don't know anything about winning that's why.

Victor
Victor

"Miami fans simply mutter "our team sucks," and ignore the team until they get better."  That sentence alone pretty much sums up Miami fans in general.

Uhuh
Uhuh

No, I can say as a Heat fan, officiating dropped the ball. Funny how you're arguing about the writer generalizing then you go ahead and generalize "Miami fans" based on an article written by one guy. Also, officiating is always fair when it's against Heat, no one ever sees it. Of course, the opposite, the majority of the country will find a way to further demonize the Heat, no matter what. That's fine though, I'm not going to whine about it in another city's "magazine."

Seth Platt
Seth Platt

Go learn how to use a quotation mark Vic.

The HEAT are on en Fuego

Uhuh
Uhuh

"Dirty D Wade" he's not the one who missed the obvious call. 

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