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Friday, July 10, 2020

James Harden does not think officials were fair in Game 1

James Harden

James Harden does not think he was officiated fairly in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals between the Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors on Sunday.

There were three plays in the first half where a defender seemed to land in Harden’s landing space in the first half. None were called fouls. Then there were two high-profile incidents where fouls were not called, both of which Chris Paul received a technical foul for because he complained.

The lack of calls influenced the game and helped the Warriors win 104-100. Afterwards, Harden said he wanted a “fair chance” from the officials.

Many around the league, including Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and Rockets GM Daryl Morey, are wondering whether the league will say calls were missed.

The officials apparently told Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni that they missed calls in the game.

How the officials call the rest of the games of the series will help dictate the outcome. If they continue to not give Houston calls, the Rockets are toast.

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