Jazz’s Rudy Gobert reacts to Warriors’ defense on Rockets’ James Harden
Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz was tuned in to Game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals between the Houston Rockets and the Golden State Warriors.
From his observation, it seemed that the Warriors were allowed to aggressively contest Harden when he shoots his dreaded 3-pointer — some of them like the photo below was right on the edge of a clean play and a whistle. This was not the case with the Jazz, according to Gobert.
My guys were not allowed to contest shots like that last week…or maybe i’m crazy and it’s just camera angles https://t.co/RvqYdCWzuC
— Rudy Gobert (@rudygobert27) April 28, 2019
For the past few seasons, Harden has received criticism for getting most of the foul calls in his favor. The referees, too, have received the same amount of criticism. But those who have criticized the referees have paid a fair share amount of fines, too. And this is what Gobert’s teammate, Donovan Mitchell, had in mind. He replied to Gobert, hinting that the NBA would impose a fine on him soon:
Damn you could’ve just give me the 25,000
— Donovan Mitchell (@spidadmitchell) April 28, 2019
Roye O’Neale, who was matched up with Harden in their first-round series, also joined in on the fun:
Can we split it
— Royce O’Neale (@BucketsONeale00) April 28, 2019
Whether the NBA imposes a fine or not is still a matter of wait and see. But the fact is that the Warriors may have gotten away from fouls in Game 1. This will make Game 2 and the subsequent games much more interesting to watch.
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