OAKLAND, California. – The Missile Guardsman, James Harden, argued for a "fair chance" of officials following Houston's 104-100 loss to the Golden State Warriors in Sunday's Western Conference Semifinals 1.
Harden and the Rockets They were particularly annoyed with what they believed were several false non-calls in their 3-point attempts at which the warriors were allowed to close without giving Harden the required landing space. According to Harden and coach Mike D & # 39; Antoni, the referees admitted at halftime that they missed four such calls in the first half.
"I will try to be a nice guy, because I really do not want to give the charity to her, I would prefer that my charity has the money," said D & # 39; Antoni, pointing out a possible fine for the criticism of the office. "Well, I mean, the answer was that they came at half-time and said they missed them, so they told me, they missed four of them, that's 1
Harden also believed that he was fouled in a 7-point attempt at a 3-point attempt in the second half, including Draymond Green, in a potential game attempt, with Klay Thompson defending the others Calls that angered the Rockets.
"I mean, I just want a fair chance, man," Harden said, scoring 35 points but scoring 9 of 28 points from the ground and 4 out of 16 behind the 3- Point line. "Call the game what it's supposed to mean, and that's it. And I'll live with the results. "
Harden was 13 out of 14 out of the series, but the warriors were called only for a foul when he tried a 3-pointer, which happened in the first quarter when Harden's shot arm clearly followed Golden State striker Alfonzo McKinnie was hit.
Harden was referring to the series-end injury that Kawhi Leonard suffered in the 1-loss of San Antonio Spurs against Warriors in 2017's West Final, on which he was named after Shooting a Springer on Zaza Pachulia's foot landed because the referees had to make sure the 3-point shooters had room to land.
"We all know what happened to a few years ago with Kawhi," Harden said. "That can change the whole series. Just call the game the way it should be called and we will live with the results. It's plain and simple. "
The rocket guards, Chris Paul and D & # 39; Antoni, were called for technical purposes fouls for protesting a non-call after Paul had made a 3, 35.4 second in the third quarter They were upset that the Golden State Guard Shaun Livingston had not whistled because he did not allow Paul to land.
"To shoot a 3-and-1, get a technician, I mean, that's hard," Paul said, "But I have to be smarter, because that did not hurt our team."
Paul was ejected after receiving his second technical foul in 4.4 seconds and appeared to contact referee Josh Tiven. Asked about the incident, Paul said, "I have not seen it yet."
The team's sources believe that any contact between Paul and Tiven was minimal and unintentional and should not earn discipline from the league.
Harden,who has been leading the league in free throws and scoring in the last five seasons is being tortured, while he shoots 3s far more than any other player in the league, in large part because his throwback is so heavy without making contact.
According to ESPN Stats & Information Research, the officials called 95 times fouls against Harden 3s in the regular season and five times in the five-round first round of the Rockets against Utah Jazz.
"All I'll say we got all year [those calls]," said Rocket's guard Eric Gordon, who had 27 points. "It should not be different now."
In the second half the Jazzcenter Rudy Gobert clarified via Twitter the inconsistency in the way Harden was officiated.
My boys were not allowed to shoot like last week … or maybe I'm crazy and it's just camera angles. Rudy Gobert (@ rudygobert27) April 28, 2019
Green, a dominant force with 14 points, nine rebounds and nine assists, while anchoring the Warriors defense as a small ball center in Game 1, mocked Harden's attitude, that he did not get a proper whistle.
"I was fooled by James a James 3-pointer ago," said Green. "No, I'm not going with this one. …
" I think we can all sit here and complain about phone calls after every game. That's just the nature of the game we play. Referees are an inaccurate science. That's what it is.
Green strongly hinted that Harden made the most contact in his 3-point attempts.
"I have to fight the shot," Green said. "If you land 3 feet from the finish you shoot the ball That is not really my question. The post was certainly not the only problem of the missiles in Game 1. They had no answer to Warriors Star Kevin Durant in the second half, in He scored 24 by 35 points, Golden State dominated the glass despite one small lineup and won the rebound battle by a margin of 38 to 26. Center Clint Capela was an absolute non-factor, finishing with four points and six rebounds in 27 minutes, the missiles were surpassed by 17.
But the reigning Officers left the rockets frustrated and confused.
"We just have to suck it and do not worry about how they officiate and sit and take it." D & # 39; Antoni said, "I'm getting a bit old for that, but so it works. I'm not trying to curse. I'm not trying to be an idiot. Obviously did not work. I dont know. I dont know. It is beyond me. "