Throughout Game 1 of the second round meeting between the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets, social media was ablaze with comments about the officiating, especially as it relates to James Harden.
You know, the guy who flops around the court all season inventing contact that clearly doesn’t exist and then acts shocked when the refs stop falling for it in the postseason. For example, the refs (correctly) were not calling this a foul for reasons described well by Coach Nick of BBallBreakdown:
how are his feet gonna land three feet ahead of him while his head stays still https://t.co/sIOUFjpfmV— YesHugz (@HugoKitano) April 28, 2019
Apparently struggling with how to accept the results of Game 1, Harden — the same guy who deserves an Oscar for career achievement in baiting refs — made a comment about fairness after taking a team-high 14 free throw attempts.
I could respond to his comment myself, but I’ll just paraphrase Draymond Green’s comments when he was asked about what Harden said: nah, B.
Draymond Green learns James Harden just said all he wants is a fair chance pic.twitter.com/g7uXQjdiV8— Rob Perez (@WorldWideWob) April 28, 2019
Whatever you think about how this game was officiated — and clearly, we’re all going to have our quibbles because “refereeing is an inexact science”, as Green notes — Golden State of Mind contributor Hugo Kitano made a good point about the dynamic occuring between Harden and the refs right now.
klay fouled cp3 a few seconds later, but point is if the refs know you're trying to trick them, they're gonna second-guess themselves and that will cause inconsistent reffing. don't think that's gonna change— YesHugz (@HugoKitano) April 28, 2019
Now that everyone has a sense of how this series will be called, let’s hope everyone adjusts and we can just enjoy this series without more noise. Or a team of experts to craft a response to all the whining on Twitter.
I want to watch HOU-GSW G1 now, but after reading Twitter, I see I’m gonna need at my side an NBA ref, a lawyer, a degree in human biodynamics, a video tech to pull up relevant old foul clips, and another degree in sports ethics. I might do something simpler like eat a sandwich— Eric Apricot (@EricApricot) April 28, 2019