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Nine of the 12 missed calls late in Heat-Raptors series have hurt Miami

TORONTO -- Maybe Gabrielle Union is right. 

Maybe the officials really do have it out for the Miami Heat.

Dwyane WadeAlthough the NBA's Last Two Minute Reports do not provide a complete picture of all the missed calls in an NBA game, in this series between Toronto and Miami, tied 2-2 and with three of the first four games having gone to overtime, it certainly gives us a pretty good snapshot of which team has been hurt the most by bad calls during the most crucial moments of the series.

And clearly that's been the Heat.

Of the 12 incorrect calls through the first four games according to those L2M reports, nine have aided the Raptors.

In Game 1, five missed calls alone helped Toronto not only force overtime, but put the Raptors in position to tie it late in OT. If not for some late Dwyane Wade heroics, the Heat might not have pulled that victory out.

In Game 2, a missed call early in overtime kept Joe Johnson off the free throw line and another missed call midway through OT should have resulted in an offensive foul against Jonas Valanciunas. Instead, Valanciunas scored moments later to stretch a two-point lead to four points. Toronto, of course, ended up winning that game.

And most recently in Game 4, a missed traveling call on DeMar DeRozan with under a minute to play in regulation gave the Raptors new life and might have derailed the Heat's late comeback led by Wade had Cory Joseph not missed a 17-foot jumper with 20.9 seconds to play. 

Anyway, here's a look at the dozen missed calls on the NBA's Two Minute Reports in the series. 

GAME 1
1. Bismack Biyombo should have been called for an illegal screen on Luol Deng with 1:31 left in the fourth quarter.

- WHO BENEFITED: Raptors.
- RESULT: DeRozan ended up missing an 18-foot jumper and the Heat grabbed the rebound.
- WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN: If DeRozan hits the basket, Miami's lead shrinks to 83-81.

2. Justise Winslow trips Kyle Lowry with 35.7 seconds to go in regulation, but doesn't get called for the foul.
- WHO BENEFITED: Heat.
- RESULT: Lowry ends up missing the layup and the Heat grabbed the rebound.
- WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN: If the refs call the foul on Winslow, Lowry goes the free throw line for two with the Raptors down 86-81.

3. Jonas Valanciunas should have been called for an illegal screen on Dwyane Wade with 8.7 seconds left in regulation.
- WHO BENEFITED: Raptors.
- RESULT: Terrence Ross ends up hitting a corner three-pointer to trim the Heat's lead to 89-86 and make it a one possession game. Soon after, Kyle Lowry hits the tying three-point shot with a half-court heave to send the game to overtime.
- WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN: If Valanciunas is called for the illegal screen, Miami has the ball up 89-83 with less than nine seconds to play and likely wins the game in regulation with a clean inbounds pass. 

4. Jonas Valanciunas should have been called a defensive three-second violation with 3:14 left in OT.
- WHO BENEFITED: Raptors.
- RESULT: The Heat ended up scoring on the possession anyway when Dwyane Wade hit a 14-foot fadeaway with the shot clock expiring to put the Heat ahead 96-90.
- WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN: Miami would have gone to the free throw line up 94-90 for a technical free throw and then had a fresh shot clock.

5. Jonas Valanciunas set an illegal screen on Goran Dragic with 2:10 left in OT.
- WHO BENEFITED: Raptors.
- RESULT: Kyle Lowry ended up taking and missing a 25-foot three-point shot and the Heat grabbed the rebound.
- WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN: Had Lowry hit the three-point shot, the Heat's lead would have only been 96-93 with two minutes to go in OT.

6. DeMarre Carroll grabs Dwyane Wade limiting his freedom of movement and ability to catch an inbounds pass from Luol Deng with 10.6 seconds left in OT.
- WHO BENEFITED: Raptors.
- RESULT: Deng's pass goes out of bounds and the Raptors take over down 99-96 with 9.7 seconds left. Dwyane Wade ended up saving the day for the Heat seconds later when he steals the ball from DeMar DeRozan, raced up court, dunked and drew the foul to clinch the victory.
- WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN: Without Wade's steal and clinching basket, the Raptors would have had a chance to tie the score and force another overtime.

GAME 2
1. DeMarre Carroll should have been called for a shooting foul on Joe Johnson with 4:17 left in overtime.
- WHO BENEFITED: Raptors.
- RESULT: Johnson missed the shot and DeMar DeRozan grabbed the rebound for Toronto. The Raptors, however, didn't score on the other end of the floor.
- WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN: Miami was down 88-86 when Johnson should have gone to the line for free throws. If he makes both, maybe the Heat's offense runs a little more smoothly the rest of the overtime. Miami didn't score in overtime until there were 23 seconds left. The Heat was down 92-86 at that point.

2. Jonas Valanciunas should have been called for an illegal screen on Goran Dragic with 2:30 left in OT.
- WHO BENEFITED: Raptors.
- RESULT: Valanciunas ended up scoring four seconds later on a 13-foot jump shot to put Toronto up 90-86.
- WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN: That Valanciunas basket gets wiped off the board and the Heat remains down only a bucket.

GAME 3
1. Dwyane Wade should have been called for traveling with 14.7 seconds to play.
- WHO BENEFITED: Heat.
- RESULT: Wade ended up missing a three-point shot with 10 seconds left and the Raptors, leading 92-88, grabbed the rebound. The Heat immediately fouled DeMar DeRozan and he went to the free throw line and hit both shots to clinch the game.
- WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN: If Wade ends up hitting the three-point shot, Miami would have only been down 92-91 with 10 seconds to play and the Raptors would have been pretty upset.

GAME 4
1. Traveling should have been called on DeMar DeRozan with 48.1 seconds left.
- WHO BENEFITED: Raptors.
- RESULT: DeRozan missed a jumpshot a couple seconds later, but the Raptors kept the ball on a Patrick Patterson offensive rebound. Toronto, however, wasn't able to score on the extra possession and Wade ended up tying the score on a drive to the basket with 12.6 seconds left.
- WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN: Had the Raptors scored after the missed traveling call the Heat would have been down two scores and in deep trouble with less than 24 seconds to play.

2. Joe Johnson fouled Cory Joseph with 4:42 to go in overtime.
- WHO BENEFITED: Heat.
- RESULT: Joe Johnson was credit with a block, but the Heat lost possession as the ball went out of bounds. The Raptors ended up turning the ball over on a five second violation.
- WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN: Joseph should have been at the free throw line for two shots and there's no telling how the Heat would have performed in OT had the Raptors scored first.

3. DeMarre Carroll should have been called for a shooting foul on Goran Dragic's drive to the basket with 2:10 left in OT.
- WHO BENEFITED: Raptors.
- RESULT: Justise Winslow ended up grabbing the offensive rebound and passing it out to Luol Deng who missed a dunk, but was fouled by Carroll at the rim. Deng ended up hitting two free throws to put the Heat up 89-85.
- WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN: The Heat was up only 87-85 when refs missed the call on the Dragic drive. Had Toronto grabbed the rebound off Dragic's miss -- and Winslow beat two Raptors to get to it -- Toronto could have tied the score or even taken the lead on the other end of the floor.

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