BOSTON – The referee in Saturday’s 125-121 overtime loss to the Celtics in the Los Angeles Lakers was Jason Tatum Against lebron james In the final seconds of regulation, LA enthused about another referee-tied loss.
The Lakers had a golden opportunity to beat the league-leading Celtics when James equalized with 4.0 seconds remaining. When attempting a left-handed layup, he reached all the way to the basket, was slapped in the arm by Tatum, and missed the shot just before time expired.
James quickly turned to the referee, who was positioned along the baseline, and grabbed his arm to indicate where the contact had occurred. He hopped and hopped, slapped the hardwood, held his hand to his head in disbelief, and finally knelt in the paint and lowered his head into his arms.
“There was contact,” crew chief Eric Lewis told Poole Reporter after the game.
The admission is the latest in what the Lakers see as a string of bad referees in their games, a reminder of their recent losses to Dallas, Philadelphia and Sacramento when Cole didn’t get the advantage.
“[Tatum] cheated on him he fouled him. clearly.clearly said Anthony Davis“That’s bullish—..it’s unacceptable.And I assure you nothing will happen to the referee.We honestly cheated tonight.It’s a blatant foul….it’s unacceptable.” ,Let’s be honest.The referees are bad.They were bad tonight.”
James, who ranks sixth in the league with 30.2 points per game, averaged 6.2 free throws per game, the lowest of the top eight scorers in the league.
After scoring 41 points on 15-of-30 shooting, James said it was “challenging.” “I don’t know. I’m attacking the paint like any guy in this league shooting double-digit free throws a night and I don’t understand. I don’t understand.”
James attempted six free throws against the Celtics and LA made 20 shots as a team. The Celtics nearly doubled that amount, going 34-39. He said the disappointing series of referees made it look like his team was being targeted.
“I watch basketball every day,” he said. “I watch the games every day, and I don’t think it’s happening to anyone else. It’s just weird.”
Lakers coach Durbin Hamm usually refrains from criticizing referees, but he couldn’t deny the impact they had on Saturday’s result.
“It’s getting harder and harder the more we try not to put it on the referee,” Hamm said. “The best players on the planet don’t get calls.
Ham called on referees to be consistent, noting: Jalen Brown And-1 free throw awarded, referee calls foul Patrick Beverley On the play before James’ last-second drive. He also said that James’ strength and physical ability are working against him.
“[He] He’s playing strong, physical basketball, but he’s not fumbling, falling or screaming when he shoots the ball, as I’ve seen so many other players do. For that reason alone, he will be punished,’ said Ham. Yannis [Antetokounmpo]I saw the same thing when I was a Shaq player [O’Neal] times. Players who try to play physically and focus on finishing plays sometimes just don’t get it. But with every shot, every time you get hit, you see other players whining…and they’re the ones who whistle. ”
The disillusioned Lakers rattled off some adjustments they could make to improve their refereeing. Hamm suggested that the official be four he, or change the challenge rule so that the coach could use it again if he used it successfully. Hamm called in a challenge with 3:41 left in the fourth quarter when Davis was called for a foul on Tatum with the Lakers leading 96–95. The challenge was successful and the call was overturned, but Ham had no challenge left to execute James’ layup attempt at the buzzer.
Mr. Davis called for further accountability from officials.
“I guarantee that when referees can be fined for miscalls, it’s going to be a lot better,” Davis said. “But nothing is done.”
Lewis also called two technical fouls against the Lakers. Denise Schroeder In response to being called for a foul against Tatum and Beverly at the start of OT for borrowing a camera from one of the courtside photographers and showing digital evidence of Tatum’s contact with James at the end of the match. , fell to the floor in the third quarter. the 4th.
“His actions were inadequate in dealing with resentment over non-calls,” Lewis said of Beverly’s technician in the pool report.
Boston won LA 8-2 in the first minute of overtime and didn’t look back.
“You’re still thinking about it,” Davis said of the carryover effects of missed calls. “To be honest, you shouldn’t be in that situation. You shouldn’t be working overtime.”
The loss lifted the Lakers to 23-27 and 13th in the Western Conference. Disputed refereeing against Dallas, Philadelphia, Sacramento and Boston if they had won his last four games.
“It’s one of the best games we’ve played all year, and it’s ridiculous to let it be judged or not judged by someone else,” James said. . “ridiculous.”