It might seem surprising that the player who got to the free throw line 12 times in Game Three and has been given free reign to abuse the Raptors All-Star DeMar DeRozan in this series was complaining about the officiating, but for the second postgame news conference in a row, the Pacers All-Star Paul George went on about how the Referees were adversely impacting his game.
As Gregg Doyel of the IndyStar so eloquently put it,
George also had words (definitely) for the referees, blaming them for his technical foul — “It’s the playoffs,” he said. “You’ve got to let some stuff slide” — and for his shooting difficulties (6-of-19).
“A lot of my shots,” George said of Raptors defender DeMarre Carroll, “He was getting away with hitting my elbow, hitting my wrists.”
George is frustrated and lashing out.
George also saw fit to accuse the referees of not letting some stuff slide – you know, as it pertains to him – in Game Two as well.
Only in the mind of a star NBA player was George’s foul on Lowry cheap or that he doesn’t get the star treatment from the NBA referees. The Pacers have enjoyed a significantly better whistle than Toronto in this series, being tagged with just 66 personal fouls compared to 79 for the Raptors.
George was fined $35,000 in December for public criticism of officials. His current comments are more polite, but no less critical and as NBA Commissioner Adam Silver likes to say, they are gamesmanship. So, where’s the fine?
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