- The Washington Times - Monday, April 29, 2019

Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul and coach Mike D’Antoni were each assessed technical fouls for arguing a non-call in Sunday’s loss to the Golden State Warriors. Afterward, star James Harden said he wants a “fair chance” from the referees.

The NBA’s officials came under fire for how they called Game 1 of the Rockets-Warriors series. The Rockets believe the Warriors got away with contact on several 3-point attempts.

In the NBA, defenders are supposed to give shooters enough space to land from the jumper. The Rockets believe the Warriors didn’t do that, while Golden State maintains that Houston kept initiating the contact.

“I mean, I just want a fair chance, man,” said Harden, who went 13-of-14 from the line. “Call the game how it’s supposed to be called, and that’s it. And I’ll live with the results.”

According to The Athletic, the Rockets think there was contact on eight 3-pointers that went uncalled. Paul was ejected with 4.4 seconds left for arguing another non-call.

Golden State’s Draymond Green said “when you land 3 feet ahead of where you shoot the ball from, that really ain’t my issue,” suggesting Harden was the one drawing the contact.

A number of NBA figures weighed in on Twitter: 

Sign up for Daily Newsletters

Manage Newsletters

Copyright © 2020 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.

Please read our comment policy before commenting.


Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide