Video: Rockets’ Chris Paul looks extremely elated after James Harden gets a foul call on a 3-pointer
The Houston Rockets were up in arms with the officiating in their Game 1 loss against the Golden State Warriors on Saturday. The referees missed several foul calls on a number of James Harden’s 3-point attempts, including a crucial one at the end of the game, which the NBA has since deemed a correct no-call.
But the other hits from Klay Thompson earlier in the game appeared to be missed calls from the refs.
In Game 2, Harden got bumped once again by Kevin Durant while rising up on one of his triple tries. This time, he got the call, which Chris Paul hilariously and sarcastically celebrated.
Watch the clip below.
“We got one!” pic.twitter.com/ZjR82EigTK
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Luckily for Paul, he did not get any sanctions for this gesture, which certainly looked like a blatant jab at the refs. Paul, in fact, already received a hefty fine from the league for initiating physical contact with an official late in Game 1 while complaining a call.
The 36-hour lead up to Game 2 had been marred by issues on officiating and it was getting ridiculous. The Rockets even compiled an audit report of calls the referees missed and gave in favor of the Warriors in last year’s Game 7.
Fortunately, Game 2 did not have the same theme as the chatter on the officiating died down.
Paul and the Rockets, however, were not celebrating at the end of the night as they fell to a 0-2 hole in this best-of-seven series against Golden State.
To add to their woes, James Harden was poked in the eye earlier in the ball game and was bothered with it throughout the night. This will certainly be something worth monitoring moving forward as the Rockets try to make their way back into the series.
At least officiating will no longer be the main talking point moving forward.
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