Storyline: Officiating Complaints

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An assist away from his 15th triple-double of the season, Russell Westbrook was ejected after being hit with two quick technical fouls with 2:50 remaining in the Oklahoma City Thunder’s 95-88 win over the Sacramento Kings on Monday night, prompting teammate Carmelo Anthony to say he’s “done” with referees. “I’m done with them,” Anthony said, cutting off a question about the officials. “I’m done with the refs. No disrespect, but I’m done with those guys.”

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Asked if he and Westbrook need to be more aware of the situation when picking up technicals, Donovan was direct. “I don’t, because the official made a terrible mistake, and he acknowledged it,” Donovan said. “I was yelling to the other official across the floor to get his attention and the guy just T’d me up. And he came by and apologized to me, so I definitely didn’t deserve a T. I know when I deserve one. I didn’t get a full glimpse to see what Russell did at that moment, so I’m not going to comment for him, but I know what happened with me and that was really, really unfortunate and [the official] even acknowledged that.

“Yeah, definitely,” VanVleet said, when asked if it’s difficult to play through debatable calls that go against his team. “But, you know, that’s a part of the game. There’s ups and downs to it. There’s times where you get them and times where you don’t. You’ve got to be able to adapt and adjust. And, obviously, you can’t give a team like that that type of lead. But, coming down the stretch, you’d like some of those [calls] to go your way. “In the mix of the game, you don’t really have time to dwell on it. But you come to the locker room after and you start adding them up — you start looking back at some that could have went your way. But that’s the way the game goes sometimes.”

“There was just so many calls down the stretch, I’ve got to look at them and see,” Casey said. “It’s just mind-boggling that you ask the official, ‘Did you see it?’ ‘Nah, I didn’t see it, wasn’t my call.’ I’ve got to have an explanation. I have all the respect in the world for our officials, but when you’re in and have that situation — our guys fighting their hearts out and again maybe they thought we didn’t deserve it the way we played in the first half, I don’t know. But the way they scraped in the second half. It blows my mind, and I think we have the best officials in the world.”
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“I’m listening to the players’ complaints, and I’m also listening to the referees’ complaints,” Adam Silver said. “And I’d say although it seems to be getting a fair amount of attention, we’ve looked back at the data from over the years and there haven’t been a greater number of ejections or a greater number of technicals. There is nothing aberrational happening in terms of the calls on the floor, but it’s something that people are talking about, I recognize that.”

“(The meeting) is shaping up,” Roberts, who hosted National Basketball Referees Association general counsel Lee Seham for that two-plus hour meeting last month at the NBPA’s office in New York, told USA TODAY Sports by phone. “The conversations will not be open to the public. I think if the aim is to have candid discussion between the players in attendance and the officials in attendance, I think it needs to be done without a third party, including, frankly, even perhaps me or others being there.”


A clear reference to his comments after the Celtic game when he spoke about the lack of respect he and his team are getting from officials. Dinwiddie was asked about his comment after the Raptors game. “I think the statement is very self-explanatory. People are going to be looking for a sound bite after what I said last game. Hey look man, ya’ll saw the game but at this point I was respectful in my response to what happened. We as a team have to play through it. Q (Quincy Acy) apparently didn’t go vertical against Jimmy Butler. Minnesota’ got to do better at that. Q’s gotta do better holding on to the ball even though he got his wrist hit. I have to better on dunking (on Serge) Ibaka even though I got my wrist hit.

Anthony Puccio: Kenny Atkinson on officiating: “Spencer had his own take on the refereeing on the fact he doesn’t feel you guys are getting the deserved respect that he thinks team should get, is this brought up in locker room, boiling over, a sentiment that kind of has been floating around.” “…I have the utmost respect for those guys. I think they do a great job. It’s the hardest game in the world to referee, I think. I’ve ref’d youth basketball and (I’ve had) parents yelling at me. I just know how hard it is. It’s a hard job.”

“A lot of it is personal,” Green says. “When you give someone so much authority and they make it me against you, you can’t overcome that.” If he gets to 16 technical fouls this year, Green will be suspended for one game. Green toed the line last season with 15 and has 57 for his career. So, what does the Warriors’ All-Star forward believe is the solution? A new start with new referees. “They can get a new crop (of referees), a whole new crop,” Green said. “Too many personal things going on. Too much me against you. It just don’t work that way.”

The Sixers’ locker room was silent. Players sat at their stalls without saying a word. They had lost 15 games before Thursday night, but this one was another blown lead — a 14-point lead in the fourth quarter, at that — that left them quiet inside the Moda Center following a 114-110 defeat. The free throw disparity made just as much of an impact as the 20 points allowed off 14 turnovers. The Trail Blazers attempted 47 free throws compared to 14 by the Sixers. Only Ben Simmons went to the line in the fourth (2 for 2) for the Sixers; the Trail Blazers shot 19 for 24 in the quarter. Joel Embiid: “We didn’t get any calls. I thought there was a couple – the big fella, Nurkic, played well, especially in the fourth quarter with five fouls. And I thought there was a couple calls that should have gone our way and him fouling out. He was a big piece of them taking our lead in the fourth quarter.”

Mired in an ugly shooting slump, Kristaps Porzingis made a public plea to the referees for help. Porzingis’ lament – which is not a new one for him – was that his shot is being hindered by touch fouls to the arm during his release. The lack of calls has Porzingis second-guessing his offensive playing style. “It makes me super mad, those little touches on the arm, on the elbow, I know they’re small but they affect my shot so much and I’m confused,” he said. “I’m thinking, ‘Should I change my game?’ Because I shoot those shots so many times over guys and it makes me mad I’m not able to get those calls.”

Kristaps Porzingis’ frustration was visible during Thursday night’s loss to the Spurs, when the Latvian demonstrably explained to an official that he was hit on the arm during a shot attempt. He believes the refs are aware of the issue but haven’t looked close enough. “I try to tell them about it before the games. But I think the refs, they have their own team and they talk about those kind of things so they know what’s going on. They know those are the type of things they have to look at,” Porzingis said. “Maybe it’s too hard to see, I don’t know. Maybe I’m too high up, I’m too long.”

LeBron James was fouled three times by Kevin Durant in the final 1:12 of Monday’s 99-92 loss to the Golden State Warriors, according to the NBA’s Last Two Minute report released on Tuesday evening. The report said James was fouled with 1:12 left in the game when driving to his left by Durant with the Cavs down 95-92. James was also fouled twice on his drive with 26 seconds left with the Cavs down by the same score. The report also stated that James should have been called for a loose ball foul against Draymond Green with 33 seconds left, the play that got the Cavs possession down by three in the final seconds. So, it’s even on that one.
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A reporter told Durant that users on Twitter believed that the 2017 Finals MVP should have been whistled for a foul on the play and Durant, again, claimed his defense was legal. “It felt clean,” he said. “It’s probably the same play a bunch of those dudes on Twitter probably arguing about at 24 Hour Fitness that that wasn’t a foul. They’ve been in that position before, but just not on Christmas at the Oracle Arena. So they know … I’m sure if they get that call next week at 24 Hour Fitness, they’re going to be pissed that they called a foul. So keep that s— on Twitter.”
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Harden was called for four of his six fouls in the final 5:13 as the Rockets attempted to rally. He was twice whistled for offensive fouls late, one of which prompted coach Mike D’Antoni to draw a technical foul for arguing with 2:20 remaining. “I’m tired of hearing, ‘I made a mistake,’ or ‘I didn’t see it,'” said Harden, who also scored 51 points Wednesday against the Los Angeles Lakers, who snapped Houston’s 14-game winning streak. “That’s frustrating when you hear it as a player. I know we all make mistakes, but it’s just frustrating.”

DeMarcus Cousins spent Tuesday playing his annual role of “Santa Cuz” as he rewarded 100 underprivileged kids who have excelled in school in his hometown with a $200 Christmas shopping spree. The New Orleans Pelicans center also believes that NBA referees have been in a giving mood this season — assessing him with technical fouls despite Cousins’ feeling that he has been nicer and not as naughty. “I got a tech for saying, ‘Good job, referee,’ ” Cousins said after the Santa Cuz event. “I said, ‘Good job. Good call.’ And I got a tech? I swear to God on my kids. I have yet to have a moment where I just erupt or go off [this season]. I haven’t had one of those, but for some reason I’m still leading the league in techs.”

Cousins said Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry and his teammates have told him a quieter approach is better with the referees. While Cousins says he has adopted that quieter mindset this season, it hasn’t worked and he believes referees are allowing him zero leeway because of his reputation. “I am going out of my way. I am going over and beyond,” Cousins said. “I am coming in saying, ‘We can’t do this, this and this …’ Even calls I know I should be arguing, I’m letting go. And they’re still like … it’s a one-sided thing. Everything is changing from one end. But with them, it’s like, ‘We are not letting go of the past. You are who you are. You’re getting a tech.’ So, when it comes to me getting a tech for saying, ‘Good call, referee …,’ vets and coaches tell me to butter them up. Switch it up a little bit. Do a little reverse psychology. Tell them it’s a good call. And you still getting a tech for it? They’re not trying to make it work. They’re stuck in their ways, and it is so obvious.”

Also at the foul line. Houston was 34 for 42; Portland 9 for 12. “It was ridiculous, “Stott said. Did the referees do a poor job calling the game? “Did I say that?” Stotts asked. What did he mean, then? “There was a big disparity,” was all he would say. I’m willing to say the Rockets — especially Harden, who draws fouls like lead to a magnet — got the benefit of the officiating more often than not. “Some were fouls,” Lillard allowed, “and some I didn’t think were fouls.”

For the second time in four days — and third time this season — Kevin Durant took an early trip to the locker room in the Warriors win over the Pelicans on Monday night. “I thought he threw us out pretty quick to be honest,” Durant said after the game. “I mean we got in each other’s faces but that’s just how it is. It was late in the game. Everytime I got ejected, I made sure it’s late in the game. I’m not messing up like that … But I have to be more focused than that. I have to be more poised. I can’t let anyone take me off my game.”

“Every time I get ejected, I make sure it’s late in the game. I’m not messing up like that in the first or second quarter,” Durant said. “I make sure it’s late in the game, if I want to do something. But I have to be more focused than that. I have to be more poised. I can’t let anybody take me off my game. I’ve been in the league for too long, especially [to worry about] someone like Cousins. You know he’s feisty. You know he’s emotional. You know he plays that way. So I can’t get involved with that. That’s who he is, so I have to be me.”

Kerr has found it “absolutely too much” that the Warriors have received three ejections in consecutive games, including two from star forward Kevin Durant. Warriors guard Shaun Livingston also served a one-game suspension on Monday without pay, while official Courtney Kirkland received a one-week suspension for their role in what the league called “an on-court altercation” during the Warriors’ game on Sunday in Miami that led to Livingston’s ejection. “We’re not composed out there. We’re a championship team,” Kerr said. “We have to be poised and we have to execute out there. We’re getting way too emotional, myself included. I have to do a better job of that, too. But you got to show some poise when things aren’t going our way. Stop worrying about everything else and worry about the game.”

Paul George didn’t appreciate the job Sunday night’s officiating crew did during the Oklahoma City Thunder’s 90-87 victory over the San Antonio Spurs. George responded, “Next question,” when a reporter asked him about officiating after the game. He did, however, expand after fielding a follow-up question. “It’s hard. It’s hard, especially when the game is being called a certain way, and it’s just cheap fouls,” he said. “On the other end, I try to attack. [If] they gonna call it this way, I’m gonna see if I can pick up some of these cheap fouls that they’re giving and, no call. So, you kinda expect that. When everybody’s out for San Antonio, you really think they’re gonna put them in foul trouble? So, it is what it is.”
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