Highly frustrated with the officiating, Josh Jackson drew a second technical foul in the fourth quarter of Phoenix’s 111-109 loss to Toronto which ended with Pascal Siakam’s driving bucket the buzzer. “We didn’t get no calls, man,” Jackson said. “Simple as that. I felt disrespected. That’s what happened, ultimately, and I don’t let nobody disrespect me. That’s what happened.”
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“I felt like there were plenty of plays we should’ve been shooting free throws on and for some reason, we’re playing defense, and we’re going down there shooting free throws,” Jackson said. “A lot of frustration, a lot of calls that should’ve been called that weren’t, but I felt like it was my job to step up and say something for my teammates.”
When asked about teams and players having to “earn your stripes,” Jackson quickly dismissed that idea. “That’s BS,” Jackson said. “That should never be that way. I watch all-star guys get the benefit of the doubt every night. Questionable calls, they still get them, but teams like us, we just don’t for some reason. I don’t know what it is.”
NBA referees will answer questions about calls in real time over Twitter in a selection of games for the rest of the season, starting with two games next week. During Monday’s Golden State Warriors at Los Angeles Lakers game on TNT and Wednesday’s San Antonio Spurs at Philadelphia 76ers game on ESPN, fans can tweet @OfficialNBARefs or use the hashtag #RefWatchParty to get responses from officials who are watching the game.
Kokoskov has been criticized by Suns fans for not “working the refs.” He’s said it’s not his nature to do argue calls in a demonstrative fashion. To him, it can be interpreted as for show, but behind the scenes, Kokoskov revealed Wednesday he and the Suns have been talking with the NBA about this very subject. “We’re going into an area in which I wouldn’t go to deep in discussing it with the media, but we have a daily communication with the league office,” he said. The players spent another night voicing their displeasure to the referees. Then vented a little afterward. “The last eight minutes of the game, I felt like they shot way too many free throws,” Suns wing Josh Jackson said. “Some questionable calls, but it is what it is. It’s the NBA. It happens every game.”
Nick Friedell: KD knew he was out of bounds late in the game. Could he believe the refs didn’t blow the whistle? “I could believe it because the refs been missing a lot tonight and they miss a lot in general, so you could easily fool them.”
Erik Horne: Paul George on the Mavericks shooting eight free throws in the final two minutes: “Terrible. It’s awful. We’ll see the L2M tomorrow.” George thought he was fouled on Harrison Barnes’ steal late:
“Mike Conley is one of the class acts in the NBA,” Bickerstaff said. “He deserves the respect of the officials. Time and time again, he drives to the basket, there’s contact made, but there’s no whistle. He doesn’t complain. He doesn’t get technical fouls, but for whatever reason he doesn’t get the respect that I feel like some of these other guys at his level do.”
Conley offered a more measured response in his postgame remarks, but did say “there was a missed call” and added that “nothing has changed” since former coach David Fizdale criticized how officials handle Conley in a similar fashion. “So we’ve got to just get better at handling it,” Conley said. “We’ve got to know that things like that will happen and unfortunately it happens to us a little too often. We’ve just got to find ways through it and tonight we couldn’t finish. We let that get the best of us.”
Kanter admitted to being baffled as he sat in the locker room receiving three stitches. “I got ejected, really wow?,’’ he said mockingly. “Doing what? I guess you got to respect the refs but, wow, I got ejected. I was getting my eyes fixed.”
David Hardisty: Lots of angry people right now over those technical calls. Someone right next to D’Antoni tells me the only thing he did to get a tech was raise his hands and say, “Come on, guys!”
Dwain Price: Dirk gets a tech. And he picked up his 3rd foul.
Harrison Wind: Wow. Nikola Jokic gets tossed in LA for arguing that foul call. Straight ejection. Not even a technical.
When Raptors coach Nick Nurse was fined $15,000 (U.S.) this week for claiming Kawhi Leonard received unfair treatment from referees in a loss in Denver, it was seen by many as money well spent. Publicly going to bat for one of the NBA’s best impending free agents can’t be a bad thing. But beyond Nurse’s public lambasting of officials, sources say the Raptors also made a private case to the league office to plant a seed for future consideration.
In a league infamous for star players who complain about nearly every call, the club used years of data to argue the stoic Leonard draws fewer fouls because he mostly opts for silent perseverance over petulant protest. In other words, he doesn’t complain, so he doesn’t get calls. The Raptors, who are aiming at a deep playoff run while sporting the league’s best record, are hoping such a perceived double standard doesn’t persist as the games get bigger.
“I think there’s a perception the players that are high-usage players that complain a lot get more (favourable) treatment,” said McCutchen. “(For referees) there’s just no way you can survive over an 82-game schedule if you’re sitting there going, ‘Oh, well, this person complains and (this person doesn’t) …’ Am I going to sit here and tell you that someone doesn’t ever give in to those complaints on an individual basis? Well, of course not. We all have moments of weakness where we give in. We’re human beings.”
Joe Vardon: Larry Drew has just been ejected
Kiki, do you love me? The answer for Kyle Kuzma must be: apparently not. A person with knowledge of the situation told LeBron Wire the Lakers forward was warned by Kiki VanDeWeghe, NBA executive vice president, Basketball Operations, over the tweet below, which the league deemed “negative.” The sources requested anonymity due to the sensitivity of the situation.
Erik Gundersen: Kyle Kuzma got a warning from the NBA about tweeting negatively at the @OfficialNBARefs twitter account. No fine yet but he has been warned.
Jonathan Feigen: According to the NBA last two minute report, James Harden traveled on a 3-point attempt when he was fouled. A shocking revelation. Gordon foul on Mitchell after ruled correct.
Reigning MVP James Harden ended with 47 points, including the game-winning dagger with 13.3 ticks remaining, but it was the possession before that where he got away with an illegal move. Matched up in an isolation situation with Ricky Rubio, Harden made two consecutive stepback moves before hoisting up a 3-point attempt and receiving a foul call. After review, the official Twitter account of NBA referees admitted Tuesday afternoon that they got it wrong, but it doesn’t change the outcome.
Jazz players and coach Quin Snyder were hesitant to criticize referees for missing it after the loss in fear of being fined. “I’m not going to answer, but I think 100 percent of the people know the answer,” Rubio said. “I didn’t see it live, I saw that video,” said Jazz center Rudy Gobert added. “I mean, that’s a new move. I haven’t seen it before.”
Shams Charania: Toronto Raptors head coach Nick Nurse has been fined $15,000 by the NBA for publicly criticizing officiating on his star Kawhi Leonard.
Montrezl Harrell: Lmao a flagrant 2 and ejected lmao good job 👏🏿 😂😂
Good thing, because by the end of the evening, which finished in a 95-86 loss to the Western Conference-leading Nuggets, Nurse had a different reason to shake his fists at the sky, cursing out the basketball deities — or, maybe it was just the referees. “You can’t tell me that one of the best players in the league takes 100 hits and shoots four free throws, and they handed him two for charity at the end,” Nurse said in a two-part rant that will earn him a fine from the league office. “So he was going to have two free throws for the game with all the physical hits and holding and driving and chucking and doubling and slapping and reaching and all the stuff. It’s been going on all year. I do not understand why they are letting everyone play one of the best players in the league so physically. I do not understand it.
Josh Lewenberg: Kawhi on Nurse’s comments re: officiating: “It’s been like that all year, but in this era and how the game is and the rules are today, yes, I agree with him. It’s been very physical. But I just go with the next play… I pride myself on just keep moving and keep going.”
Scott Kushner: Anthony Davis shows his most demonstrative anger of the season, throwing an air punch after missing a layup he was pushed on. Technical called.
Kyle Goon: Lance Stephenson on the technical foul: “I guess the refs don’t like my new Air Guitar celebration.” Are you still gonna do it though? “Oh, of course. Especially if I’m feelin’ it.”
NBA Referees: Why is it hard to educate fans about the rules? Here’s what we’re up against. From last night’s game, @RealChrisWebber was incorrect here. This is a foul, as the defender makes illegal contact with his knee to the thigh of the offensive player, causing him to fall to the floor.
Jonathan Feigen: P.J. Tucker on the Lakers crying (no) foul: “I don’t think about it. We cry just as much as anybody. And everybody else cries. And everybody thinks other people get the call more than them when they cry all the time. Who cares?”
Jeff McDonald: Clippers complaining about Marco Belinelli kicking his leg to draw a foul on that 3. “Every time, he kicks his leg,” says Patrick Beverley. Doc tells refs: “And you gotta know that.”
Rod Boone: In the official #NBA two-minute report, the refs were deemed to have made the correct call by whistling a technical foul on Bismack Biyombo for being on the court. The rest of the wacky ending was also officiated correctly, according to the league.
The NBA says it got it right. The league has indicated to the Detroit Pistons that officials handled correctly the closing seconds of Wednesday night’s 108-107 loss to the Charlotte Hornets, according to a team source. On Jeremy Lamb’s winning jumper with .3 second left, Hornets teammate Malik Monk rushed on the floor while the shot was in the air, violating the NBA’s rules against having too many men on the floor.
The Pistons (13-13) brushed off questions of the officials possibly missing a crucial call as they lost their sixth straight. The players said they never considered the officials might wave off the basket. “We were just on to the next play, trying to figure out how much time was going to be left, what we could draw up to either tie it up or try to win the game,” Galloway said.
Jeff Zillgitt: Suns forward T.J. Warren fined $15,000 by the NBA for “directing inappropriate language toward a game official.” Happened in second quarter of Monday’s Suns-Clippers game.
Gobert played only 21 minutes against the Thunder due to foul trouble. But while his minutes were limited, his postgame disgust was not. “I’m gonna watch film; I hope everyone does the same,” he said, referring to game and league officials. “I don’t know. I feel disrespected. I want to play basketball, I want to do my job. We all make mistakes, but … I just want to do my job.”
Dave McMenamin: JaVale McGee, voice dripping in sarcasm, to ref J.T. Orr after picking up two quick fouls and being subbed out for Tyson Chandler: “Thank you. I appreciate that. Thank you for taking me out of the game. I appreciate you”
Rod Beard: #Pistons Dwane Casey gets a technical foul for arguing a bad foul call on Kennard.
Andy Larsen: Jazz GM Dennis Lindsey on Rudy Gobert: “It’s okay for Rudy to say that Donovan got pushed on the layup in the Miami game. And frankly, even though the official didn’t catch it and the league doesn’t agree, we as management agree with Rudy’s opinion.”
The Wizards forward couldn’t say some of the things he’s roared at officials on the street. Now, he’s trying a new strategy. Yelling “And-one!” is the exception these days, the embodiment of Morris’ least restrained moment — because lately, he isn’t talking to refs at all. “I just feel like I never get the benefit of the doubt on no calls, but it’s not gonna bother me no more,” Morris told The Athletic. “It took eight years. But it won’t bother me no more.”
He’s racked up four technical fouls this year, but all are for scrapes with opposing players, not for disagreements with referees. “I just don’t talk to them no more. I’ve tried different approaches and none of them seem to work,” Morris said. “So, I’m just gonna try the silent treatment.”
The Wizards started this season working with now-retired NBA official Don Vaden, who is consulting for them on varying referee-related matters, sources previously told The Athletic. Morris has met individually with Vaden, who reffed in the league from 1988 to 2003 and also served in high-ranking administrative roles for the NBA and WNBA. John Wall and Bradley Beal have spoken to Vaden, too.
Drew Shiller: Kevin Durant just picked up his 6th technical of the season (Andre Drummond leads the NBA with 7)
Nick Friedell: KD picks up another T midway through the first quarter. He has been unhappy with several calls already early in the game.
Eric Woodyard: Jazz Coach Quin Snyder said he told Rudy Gobert he would split the fine with him but doesn’t want to split any more fines for being critical of referees.
Andy Larsen: Jazz C Rudy Gobert has been fined $15K by the NBA league office for his public criticism of officiating after the Jazz’s loss to the Heat Sunday.
Ira Winderman: NBA rules foul call on Rudy Gobert that led to Wade winning free throws Sunday was correct, contrary to opinion of Jazz center. Last Two Minute Report cites no incorrect calls.
Andy Larsen: Donovan Mitchell misses the potential game winning three, and Jazz lose 102-100 in Miami. Several Jazz players talking to officials postgame. Donovan Mitchell and Dwyane Wade are swapping jerseys on the court.
Tim MacMahon: Dennis Smith Jr. emerged from a tie-up with Patrick Beverley missing a tooth. “How is that not a foul?” Rick Carlisle asked the ref.
Jovan Buha: Pat Beverley just walked up to the Mavs’ bench and said, “My bad.” Didn’t seem like Mavs were accepting of the apology.
Jeff McDonald: Pop to ref Michael Smith, after the call that Poeltl slid into Aminu: “He did that?!? He didn’t do that. It might have been a foul but he didn’t do that. I think you guys just make it up.”
Matt Velazquez: Bucks lose, 136-134 in OT. Giannis incensed. Got the rebound and went up for a put back after a bobble and thought he was fouled. Ref isn’t hearing it. Looked like it was after the buzzer anyway.
Fred Katz: John Wall spent much of his postgame availability talking about refs: “I have nothing to say to them. I have no respect for them. Simple as that. I get the same excuse every time…I don’t get those calls. I have no respect for them…I have nothing nice to say towards them.”
John Wall: Won’t most of the interview bra…I said wat it was y we lost the game, I said afta I talked bout myself missin lay ups that I gotta make and me not gettin some free throws lol.
Fred Katz: John Wall got asked about picking up his fifth tech of the season tonight. “How many free throws I shoot today?” A reporter responded, “Two.” “There’s your answer,” Wall said. “I got a tech for clapping my hands.”
Mark Cuban: All JJ said was ” you guys are a disaster tonight “. Didn’t yell it. Didn’t scream it. Was sitting on the bench. Wasn’t demonstrative. The ref was all the way across the court. No way anyone heard him. They threw him out.
Gina Mizell: T.J. Warren is not a man of many words. But he just got T’d up twice and has been ejected from the game. He was upset after being called for an offensive foul to erase a transition layup. Pistons lead the #Suns 52-45 with 3:56 left before the half.
Coach Gregg Popovich on Friday praised the NBA for having “courage” to admit its referees made mistakes in the final seconds of the Spurs’ deflating 104-103 loss to Memphis on Wednesday.
Dan Woike: Memphis coach JB Bickerstaff wasn’t a fan of the officiating in today’s loss to the Clippers. “(Mike Conley’s) sixth foul was a joke. The foul on the three-point shot, we went back to look at it. It is what it is.”
JB Bickerstaff: “We went back and looked at it and Marc’s in legal guarding position. A guy jumps from A to B sideways, that’s where the contact was created. So, that’s the call they made. I’m going to make sure we’re in the present moment and not what’s in the past. It’s frustrating when you’re not allowed to defend. That’s our reputation. It’s frustrating. We’re going to play this style of basketball. We deserve the respect because of the character of guys we have to play this style of basketball. Our technique is good. Our position is good. We work on it every single day. There’s going to be contact sometimes. And if you’re in a legal guarding position, you’re allowed to do it. And our guys are really good at (inaudible). And they deserve the respect to be able to play that way.”
Later, the root of Wall’s frustration trickled out. By the seventh question, Wall was asked whether he’s running out of patience, and he mentioned the officiating. A team staffer responded, “Thanks, John,” as a way to end the chat with reporters and save Wall from saying anything dangerous. However, Wall did not appreciate how Lillard attempted 15 free throws compared with his five, and he wanted to express that. “I’m always positive. I’s just a lot of bull—- that — c’mon, man,” Wall said. “These guys getting all the calls, and these guys are jump shooters. You got a guy that shot the ball 12 for 29 and then shot 15 free throws.” Another staffer chimed in and warned Wall to be careful so he wouldn’t get fined by the NBA. “I don’t care about that,” Wall responded.
Shandel Richardson: Josh Richardson ejected after throwing one of his shoes in the stands. Was mad about a no-call on that missed dunk
Ira Winderman: Richardson’s fifth foul has him throwing his shoe in the stands. Technical foul and ejection today and NBA fine Monday. A Spoelstra technical foul follows.
Bobby Marks: That could be one expensive shoe that Josh Richardson just threw into the crowd. Kyrie Irving (ball), Austin Rivers (seat cushion) and Steph Curry (mouthpiece) were all fined $25K.
Anthony Slater: Second straight game that Steve Kerr has gotten a first half technical. Trying to jolt his team out of this mental malaise.
Eddie Sefko: Technical fouls on Kevin Durant and coach Steve Kerr, who really wanted his, by the way, came after Durant was called for traveling. Mavericks have had a really solid first quarter, up 26-18 with 46 seconds left.
Will Guillory: Nuggets coach Mike Malone got hit with a T and a few seconds later another one was assessed to the bench. They’ve been pretty unhappy with the calls AD has received here in the first half
Scott Agness: Victor Oladipo given his first technical foul of the season. He has been bothered by the lack of calls, especially over the last week.
James Edwards III: Casey’s on Blake’s two-game struggles: “I got to look at the film, but he’s getting hit a lot.” Said he may need to lessen the workload a smidgen.
The NBA admitting an obvious travel by 76ers center Joel Embiid was not called only added to Borrego’s frustration in comments before Sunday’s road game against the Detroit Pistons. “It’s tough. I had to read that thing last night, and it was like I had to live it all over again,” Borrego said of the NBA’s report, which acknowledged Embiid traveled with 36 seconds left in the fourth quarter before making a 3-pointer that tied the game. The 76ers went on to win in overtime 133-132. “It does nothing” making peace with the error, Borrego said of the NBA’s policy of publicly acknowledging late-game mistakes in close games.
“I would hope our guys use it as fuel tonight (Sunday). I want them to use it as fuel to go and play with another (level) of edge,” Borrego said about 1 1/2 hours before tip-off against the Pistons. “It’s frustrating, it’s frustrating – especially in the last two minutes (of regulation) – the biggest plays and the biggest moments of an NBA game – to have those types of errors and the NBA acknowledged it.”
Truth be told, McCutchen can take the list from there and add, oh, a dozen or more details about how this massive adjustment in player legislation has changed the hoops landscape. But the most relatable litmus test, the thing that should be remembered as we all decide whether or not to be incensed by it all, is that McCutchen hasn’t had to change his cell phone number just yet. “Coaches and general managers most certainly have my number,” McCutchen told The Athletic. “But the phone has not been ringing off the hook. There have been some points-of-clarification calls that we have fielded, but not to the point where people are just calling up to say that this is wrong, or a debacle. I think that everyone is waiting to see about our consistency, about our will, to see if we’re going to see it through.”
“The league’s going soft, man,” Rudy Gay said. “It’s tough, man. It’s a contact sport. A contact sport. I understand that you’re changing the direction of the player, but right now it’s overboard a little bit. I mean, it’s been a point of emphasis, but you’re trying to get – you can’t touch guys. Guys are about to run, and basketball is a physical game. That’s what we lift weights for, right? “If you take the physical nature away from it, then – I mean obviously we have to adapt. It’s going to take some time. And if that’s the rule, then we’ve got to find a way to do it.” But as one general manager who will remain nameless made clear, that doesn’t mean they have to be happy about it. “They could call it every play or no plays,” he said bluntly. “Fucking absurd.”
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Adrian Wojnarowski: Brooklyn’s Kenneth Faried has agreed to a contract buyout with the Brooklyn Nets, clearing the way for him to sign a free agent deal with the Houston Rockets, league sources tell ESPN. Faried expected to be waived on Saturday and clear on Monday.
Adrian Wojnarowski: The Rockets will have until Monday to clear a roster spot for Faried. He’s expected to move into the Rockets lineup with significant minutes immediately with absence of Clint Capela, league sources said.
Omari Sanfoka II: Marc Gasol declined to address the meeting he and Mike Conley had with team owner Robert Pera, calling it “private.” Conley said this: “He came in town and we had a good meeting. That’s all there was to it, nothing special came out of it that’ll change the world or anything.”
Mark Medina: DeMarcus Cousins throws down a hammer dunk, and the entire bench clears out. Klay is loving it.
Scott Souza: #Celtics Kyrie Irving said Shelving Mack said something pretty disrespectful & challenged his manhood on the court. Irving said he told Mack to do something about it. Thus the double techs.