Uh oh! Looks like Paul George is going to be receiving a letter for a hefty fine from the league office pretty soon.
“Looking at the stat sheet, we outplayed them", he said during the post-game press conference. “You’ve got to give them credit though; they won this game at the free-throw line. They were just able to get to the line more than us, but I thought we outplayed them tonight.
“I mean how rare is it that we shoot 50percent, turn the ball over around 13 or so times, out-rebound a team and lose the ball game?”
Up to that point he was fine and would have got away scot free.
However, he simply couldn’t resist chomping at the bit when asked about the disparity in free-throw attempts.
The reporter “ever so subtly” suggested the home team shot 34 free-throws (made 30 of them) while the visitors had just 17, due to some preferential treatment by the officials and George jumped right on to the bate.
(Roughly the 2:45 minute point of the video above)
“What do you think?” He replied.
“You can’t tell me we don’t attack the basket as much as they do. You can’t tell me we’re not aggressive – maybe we’re too aggressive. I feel like we’re just as aggressive as they are attacking the basket and making plays at the rim. Maybe this was just home cooking."
Now to be fair to George, there did appear to be some iffy calls by the officials and at times you felt like Miami were afforded a little more contact. At one point Udonis Haslem pretty much jumped on George Hill but there was no call. Later on, LeBron James appeared to shove George in order to get out of a trap, but there was no call for an offensive foul.
Furthermore, Indiana have been in foul trouble in each of the last two games with Roy Hibbert and Lance Stephenson spending more time than they would like, sat next to Frank Vogel in Game 4. Then George and Hill had foul trouble in Game 3 after several questionable calls.
Nevertheless, criticising officials is a huge No-no. Any idiot could tell you that. It’s just asking for trouble and a dumb way to lose money.
The Irony in all this is that the comments came merely seconds after he warned Lance Stephenson to be cautious about what he says because everything they will be “bulletin board material and will have a powerful meaning behind it.”
For the record, by no means am I suggesting any kind of favouritism or bias by the officials. This is simply an observation from a neutral party. Plus Miami had some foul trouble of their own in Game 3, with Chris Bosh facing foul trouble.
Besides, we didn’t hear any Pacers complaining when they were awarded 37 shots at the charity stripe, while the Heat only had 15 during Game 1 in Indiana.
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