Refs having wrong kind of impact

Updated: May 28, 2009, 4:10 PM ET
By John Hollinger | ESPN.com

LOS ANGELES -- Wednesday night I wrote that the Nuggets missed a great opportunity to steal a game in Staples Center, and they certainly believed that.

But they also believed one other thing, even if most of them were unwilling to risk a $25,000 fine by communicating it -- that the officiating was a major factor in their defeat, and that Phil Jackson's criticism of the refs after L.A.'s loss in Game 4 was a major factor in the officiating. One Nugget, who understandably didn't want ...

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