The Wall Street Journal has conducted an interesting little study that examines the amount of belly-aching the players have done in the 2010 NBA Finals. Some of the numbers are actually pretty surprising. Maybe it’s just because Celtics-Lakers is such a heated rivalry, but there seems to be more complaining about officiating in these NBA Finals than there has been in the past. I know, NBA officials take a ton of heat now — especially in the post-Donaghy era — but this year it has been noticeably bad.
The fact that Boston has two players (Kendrick Perkins and Rasheed Wallace) that are one technical away from a suspension has to say something. What it probably says is that the Celtics cry to the officials more than your usual team, and that is indeed what the Wall Street Journal found. Check out “The Whining Index” that they came up with by studying the first five games of the NBA Finals: