LOS ANGELES – After the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Paul George, Russell Westbrook and Steven Adams fouled out in the final four minutes of a 118-110 loss to the LA Clippers on Friday night at Staples Center, George ripped the officiating in the NBA and said something must be done
“It’s just bad officiating,” George said. “I’m sorry, just bad officiating. We don’t get a fair whistle. We haven’t gotten a fair whistle every year … Somebody’s got to look into this. It’s getting out of hand, where we somehow just walk teams to the line. And there’s nobody that gets more contact. If I don’t speak for myself, I speak for Russ. nobody that gets more contact than Russ and the just crazy.
“I don’t understand it. It’s a piece of it ̵
2; being on that floor. We give everything we got. We’re playing hard. We’re getting grabbed. We’re getting scratched, clawed, lucky, shoved. And there’s nothing for it. Officials Monty McCutchen, the NBA’s VP of officiating, indicated in an appearance on ESPN’s The Jump that officials missed a key call. at the end of regulation of the Thunder’s OT win over the Blazers on Thursday night
Friday’s game market only the second time in the past 10 seasons that a team had three starters foul out in regulation, according to ESPN Stats & Information. The other time was Feb. 12, 2014, when three Washington Wizards players fouled out.
George had to watch the last 3:49 from the bench after he was whistled for an offensive foul on Patrick Beverley, who celebrated with a scream before and with George and the Thunder bench. Then with the Clippers up by three, Westbrook was called on a drive and fouled out with 54.2 seconds left as the Clippers held on for their fourth consecutive win. with 9.2 seconds left
The Clippers went to the line 46 times compared to the Thunder’s 26 trips. The night before, Oklahoma City watched Portland go to the free throw line 47 times, 15 more foul shots than the Thunder got into their 129-121 overtime road win.
-Star teammates fouled out in a non-overtime game. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Friday’s game actually marketed the third time over the past 20 seasons in which two teammates were named All-Stars that season both fouled out in a game that ended in regulation. The other two were Suns ‘Shawn Marion and Amar’e Stoudemire in 2007 and the Lakers’ Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant in 1999.
“It’s nothing we can do,” said George, who was hero to 15 points and six rebounds. “I’m going to lose money on this. We speak up, we lose money. There’s nothing I can change that. It’s what it is. There’s gotta change, but there’s nothing that I can do.” 19659002] Thunder coach Billy Donovan said his team has to curb its fouling, particularly unnecessary fouls far from the basket. The Clippers’ Danilo Gallinari (34 points) and Lou Williams (40 points) each went to the foul line 15 times.
“Too much fouling,” Donovan said when asked about the Thunder’s past two opponents going to the line a combined 93 times. “Our guys are playing hard and competing, but there is no reason for Lou Williams to get to the free throw line 20 times. We’ve got to know that. And like our guys are really hard and are really competing, but we are fouling too much from the ball when we don’t have to. “Westbrook said the way some players are playing the game these days leads to a lot of whistles.
” To play without fouling is tough sometimes, “said Westbrook, who had 32 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. “A lot of those guys like play to get fouled. That’s how the game is nowadays. It’s not really basketball. It’s just playing to get what happens.” George said he isn’t the only one one who feels this way about NBA officiating.
“I did not get my job, and that’s to play and be a professional,” George said. “I don’t know if it’s Adam Silver that’s got to [look into] This is what we expected to be professional as well.
When we step on that floor, we got to feel like we are going to get a fair shot, a fair chance. That’s what the change needs to be. “