Smith and Max Kellerman break down the controversial no-call in the final seconds of the Houston Rockets' Game 1 loss to the Golden State Warriors. Golden State tightened up their play in the second half but still finished with 20 for the game.
The officiating in Game 1 on Sunday was inconsistent to say the least, as the referees appeared to miss multiple fouls on James Harden's 3-point shots over the course of the game.
Throughout the Golden State Warriors run of dominance, haters of the team and their opponents have long argued that the refs have favored the defending back-to-back champions.
Harden scored 35 points and Eric Gordon 27 after both struggled early finding their shooting strokes for the cold-shooting Rockets. In the Warriors' post-game press conference, Draymond Green gave his thoughts on Harden's comments, essentially laughing them off. "I ain't trying to hear that", Green said.
"We're a very confident group of guys", Harden said before the Rockets' practice at Oracle Arena on Saturday, a day before Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals. In fact, they have even alluded to building their team specifically with the goal of taking down the Warriors.
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Chris Paul secured the rebound but lost possession in a collision with Klay Thompson, which the league also determined to be a correct no-call. The refs do the best job they can, and then you move on to the next game.
The Warriors are surprised the Rockets have made their grievances quite so public, with coach Steve Kerr saying it's unfortunate this became the focus in a series between the two powerhouses of the Western Conference.
"He was limping last night", he said. They missed four of them.
I don't think Clint played a normal game. "This is how it goes", Kerr said. This was the chance for him to bring up the ways in which he gets refereed, how he gets grabbed off the ball and hit on his shots and ridden on his drives.
"I don't know, I've been part of six teams as a player and now two as an executive or coach", he added. People lobby the league all the time.