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Reggie Jackson believes refs should have consequences just like the players

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The Detroit Pistons may have been swept 4-0 by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first-round of the Eastern Conference playoffs, but the series was far tighter than the result suggests.

Only 34 points separated the two team's over the course of the series and game four met a particularly tight conclusion at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

The Cavaliers would emerge 100-98 victors from the fiercely contested affair, however, Reggie Jackson has not handled the manner of their victory very well at all.

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The Pistons point guard - who arrived via a trade from the Oklahoma City Thunder last year - felt he was fouled by Kyrie Irving as he attempted to drain an off-balance three-pointer at the buzzer in the fourth quarter to secure a Pistons victory.

Referee Bill Kennedy didn't see it that way and neglected to award Jackson the opportunity to head to the charity stripe and potentially win the game, if not tie it.

In the postgame press conference, the 26-year-old discussed how he felt officials could be held accountable in the NBA for bad calls whilst insinuating he was the victim of such a call on the game's final play.

"We got a stop. No timeouts," Jackson said. "Kyrie decided to pick up early. You know, I thought I cleared some space and went to take a good shot, so, you know, tried to find a good look.

Detroit Pistons v Cleveland Cavaliers - Game One

"Um, yeah. I just think refs need to have some type of system in line [...] you know, fines, um, suspensions, being fired. Same thing that happens to us. So, you know — make bad plays or questionable [calls], you're not really being productive to the sport. You know, I think you should have consequences, just like the players. That's about [all] I've got to say on that."

This public reference to officiating is Jackson's second in as many weeks, after the 24th pick in the 2011 draft picked up a technical in game one after he didn't receive a call he felt he should have.

That earned the Cavaliers an extra point and led to their 106-101 winning scoreline, much to the chagrin of Detroit Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy.

When asked if he wished he could have his action back after the game, Jackson simply said: "Nah, I wish I could get the call."

Detroit Pistons v Cleveland Cavaliers - Game One

The facts are, the NBA do plenty to review officials in today's game. Commissioner Adam Silver pioneered the daily reviews of the final two minutes of all games decided by five points or fewer and the league has indeed fined or suspended officials in the past.

Effectively, Jackson is suggesting that referees should incur fines or equivalent penalties because of a perceived bad call. That's like Jackson copping a fine for a turnover or a missed shot; that's not really as relatable as the Pistons guard suggested.

Do you think Jackson has a point here?

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