This isn't going to be a long post, but I felt it pertinent to comment on a couple things from last night regarding the officiating.
My main gripe with the NBA is and might always be the refs. There have been many articles recently, one by Hollinger in particular, calling out the officials for the way games are ruled and fouls are given. The Bucks were at the forefront of the Donaghy case going back to the 2001 playoffs, and most any basketball fan can watch an NBA game with a superstar involved and see that fouls are called just a BIT differently depending on what players are on the court. It's an unfortunate side effect to mass marketing and self promotion in the NBA, and I hope it eventually changes for the better.
With that in mind, I believe in giving credit where credit is due, especially when it comes to officiating. I thought last nights team of refs did one of the best jobs of calling a game I've seen in recent memory, even taking extra time to overturn or confirm close calls- Ridnour 'stepping out of bounds' and Horford's three pointer, for instance- and it was refreshing to see that happen. Sure, the game takes a little longer, but something as small as one out of bounds turnover can mean a world of fan rage the next day if the officials don't get the call right.
So keep it up, Joe, Dick, and Marc. For one game at least, I thought you guys did a great job.