PS J you asked so I will bite one final time on the ref issue
27 fouls to 12. Yes, united jacked 13 more 3 pt attempts than Perth.
But- this is off the top of my head (and I didn't even see whole game- missed a few minutes late 1st qtr while I put my kid to bed for a nap. Haven't seen replay either)
Smith Milner on White, straight up at the hoop, Moller foul on Cotton driving n the lane, Hooley on Cotton shooting on the perimeter, CG in the post vs Brandt, Caspers 2nd charge with 1.4 sec left in OT, Barlow's 5th in the rebounding contest in 2nd OT (after he'd recently hit a pair of threes).
There's 6 very dodgy calls on United. Off the top of my head.
As has been discussed here, Caspers push off 28 sec left in OT was 50/50... went to Norton.
Brandt jumps out and screens Casper, 50/50...goes against Casper.
All these calls against United. Lots of bad ones, lots of 50/50 ones.
And Perth only got called for 12 fouls in 50 minutes of basketball.
Do you think, if the refs were consistent, and making those same calls on Perth, that perhaps Perth may have been called for more than 12 fouls in a full game and two OT's?
As I said though, human psychology is the issue. There's no grand conspiracy. It is what it is.
Just don't pretend the result of the game is fair and reasonable.
United should focus on themselves though and what they can be doing better- of course. No doubt.