La — 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 Else must be Achieved.
“It’s only poor officiating,” George explained. “I am sorry, simply bad officiating. We don’t get a chuckle. We’ve not gotten a chuckle all year. … Somebody’s got to look in to this. It’s getting out of hand, where we just walk teams. And there is no one that gets contact. I speak for Russ if I really don’t speak for myself. There’s no one that gets more contact than Russ going to the basket. And it’s simply crazy.
“I really don’t know it. It’s really a piece of s– being on that floor. We lending every thing we’ve got. We’re getting caught. We’re getting scratched pushed. And there is nothing for it. The officials just get to walk outside, and there’s nothing penalizes them for not officiating the game the perfect manner.”
George had to watch that the previous 3:49 from the bench after he had been whistled for an offensive foul about Patrick Beverley, who celebrated with a scream before jawing with George and the Thunder bench. Then with the Clippers upward , Westbrook was needed a charge on a drive and then fouled out using 54.2 minutes left since the Clippers held on for their fourth consecutive win. Adams collected his sixth foul with 9.2 seconds left.
The Clippers went 46 times compared with the Thunder’s 26 trips. The night ahead, Oklahoma City watched Portland visit the freethrow line 47 times, 1-5 more foul shots compared to Thunder got in their 129-121 overtime road win.
George said he hasn’t seen a game in which two All-Star team-mates fouled out in a non-overtime game. Based on the Elias Sports Bureau, the game of Friday marked the next period within the past 20 seasons in both team mates who were called allstars that season both fouled out in a game which ended in regulation. Both were the most Suns‘ Shawn Marion and also 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 held to 15 points and six rebounds. “I’m going to drop money with this. We talk, we lose money. There. This is what it is. There has gotta be an alteration, but there’s nothing that I can do.”
Thunder coach Billy Donovan said his team needed to curb particularly unnecessary fouls, its fouling .
“Too Much fouling,” Donovan said when asked concerning the Thunder’s last two competitors going to the line a joint 9 3 times. “Our guys have been playing hard and rival, however just like there is no good reason behind Lou Williams to get at the free throw line 20 times. We have to know that. And like our guys are playing quite hard and are extremely competitive, but we have been fouling a lot of out of the ball once we don’t have to.”
Westbrook stated the way a few players are currently playing the game nowadays leads to a lot of whistles.
“A lot of those guys like play to have fouled. That is the way the game is currently now. It’s not really basketball. You’re only playing to get fouled to see what happens.”
George said he isn’t the only one who feels this way about NBA officiating.
“I come out here and now I really do my own job, which is to play and be a professional,” George explained. “I really don’t know whether it’s Adam Silver that’s made to [look in to ] this. We expect that the officiating to become professional also.
“It has simply got to be known right. When we step on that ground, we got to feel as though we’re going to find a fair chance, and a chance. That is what the shift [in officiating] needs to be “