La — After Oklahoma City’s Paul George, Russell Westbrook and Steven Adams fouled out at the final 4 minutes of a 118110 loss to the LA Clippers on Friday night at Staples Center, George ripped the officiating at the NBA and said Something Else Has to be done.
“It is just poor officiating,” George stated. “I’m sorry, simply poor officiating. We do not get a chuckle. We’ve not gotten a chuckle all year. … Someone’s got to start looking in to this. Where teams are somehow just walked by us into the line it’s getting out of hand. And there’s no one that has touch. If I don’t speak for myself personally, I speak for Russ. There is no one that has more touch compared to Russ going into the basket. And it’s simply mad.
“I really don’t understand it. It’s a little bit of so — being on this floor. We giving every thing we’ve got. We’re playing hard. We’re getting caught, we’re getting scratched, clawed, held, shoved. And there’s nothing to get it. The officials simply reach walk out, and there is nothing penalizes them for not officiating the match the perfect manner.”
Friday’s game marked the 2nd time a team had three starters foul out based on Information & ESPN Stats. The other time was Feb. 1-2, 2014, after three Wizards players fouled out.
George had to watch the last 3:49 from the seat after he was whistled for an offensive foul on Patrick Beverley, that celebrated with a shout before jawing with George and the Thunder seat. Subsequently with the Clippers up , Westbrook was needed a charge on a driveway and then fouled out with 54.2 minutes left since the Clippers held 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. Oklahoma City watched Portland visit the free throw line 4-7 times, 1-5 more shots than the Thunder got at a 129-121 overtime road win the night ahead.
George said he hasn’t seen a match in which two teammates fouled out at a non-overtime match. Westbrook and george were All-Star teammates this season. According to Elias Sports Bureau, Friday’s game actually indicated the next time within the last twenty seasons at which that season both phased out at a match which ended in regulation. The other two were the Suns’ Shawn Marion and Amar’e Stoudemire at 2007 and the Lakers’ Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant at 1999.
“It is nothing we can do,” said George, that happened to 15 points and six rebounds. “I’m going to lose money with this. There. It really is exactly what it is. There’s gotta be an alteration, however, there is nothing that I can perform.”
Thunder head coach Billy Donovan said his team has to suppress particularly unnecessary fouls, its fouling .
“Too much fouling,” Donovan said when asked concerning the Thunder’s last two opponents going into the lineup a joint 9 3 times. “Our guys are playing hard and competing, however like there’s no reason behind Lou Williams to get to the free throw line 20 times. We have to know that. And like our guys are playing really hard and are really competing, but we are fouling a lot of away from the ball when we need not.”
Westbrook said how some players ‘ are currently playing the game these days leads to lots of whistles.
“To play without fouling is tough some times,” said Westbrook, who had 32 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. “A lot of those guys like play to get fouled. That’s the way the match is nowadays. It isn’t really basketball, you are simply playing to get fouled to see what happens.”
George said he isn’t the only one that feels like this about the officiating from the NBA.
“I come out here and that I do my own job, and that’s to play be considered a specialist,” George stated. “I really don’t know whether it’s [NBA commissioner] Adam Silver that’s made to [look into] this. We expect the officiating to be professional.
“It’s simply must be predicted right. We must feel like we’re likely to find a reasonable chance, a shot, when we step on that ground. That’s what the change [from officiating] needs to be “