Rockets star James Harden pleaded for a "fair chance" from the officiating crew after Houston was narrowly knocked off in Game 1 of the Western Conference semis by the Golden State Warriors. But as we learned after the game, Houston's frustrations weren't a one-time thing.
Harden and the Rockets were upset by several no-calls during the game where they felt Warriors defenders fouled them on 3-point attempts.
When Houston missed a 3 on its initial shot of the game, Golden State fan Jones Castro yelled "O for 28!" I don't remember people falling down on 3-point shots all the time when I played. In the Warriors' post-game press conference, Draymond Green gave his thoughts on Harden's comments, essentially laughing them off. While the Warriors shot a poor 31.8 percent from the 3-point line, they still bested the Rockets who shot just 29.9 percent from deep. While Durant is virtually unstoppable, the Rockets will have to adjust in Game 2 in an attempt to make things more hard for him.
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Houston will have their hands full trying to contain one of the games greatest scorers for the remainder of the series, especially when Durant is putting it all together on both ends of the floor. Just call the game the way it's supposed to be called, and we'll live with the results.
Chris Paul was also ejected with 4.4 seconds left in the game after getting called for his second technical foul.
A team as good at shooting the rock should never have a stretch where they go 1-for-41 from deep against a team.
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Game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals followed those same trends.
"Referees likely changed the eventual National Basketball Association champion", says a memo prepared last summer by the Rockets, according to ESPN. When you let games come down to a final shot, then the refs are going to potentially have some input, despite the fact I don't think that's what happened here. "And every coach in the league will tell you the same thing - you watch the tape and you go, 'That's a foul, that's a foul'. This is how it goes", Kerr said. "The referees do their job. People lobby the league all the time", Kerr said. "Absolutely. They missed some for us, too". "It's rarely done this publicly". Obviously didn't work. So I don't know.
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