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#pounditFriday, September 24, 2021

Rudy Gobert thinks Jazz were not officiated fairly against Rockets

Rudy Gobert

Rudy Gobert noticed a stark difference in the way the Golden State Warriors were officiated against the Houston Rockets compared to the way the Utah Jazz were during their first-round series.

Following the Warriors win over the Rockets in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals, a big talking point was the way the game was officiated. There appeared to be several fouls that could have been called on Warriors that were not made by the officials.

Among those who thought the non-calls were going in the favor of the Warriors was Jazz star Rudy Gobert, who took to Twitter to point out things were not the same when the Jazz played the Rockets in the first round of this year’s playoffs.

Gobert’s teammate Donovan Mitchell implied Gobert can probably expect a fine from the NBA and suggested where Gobert could send the money.

Chris Paul and Mike D’Antoni both received technical fouls as a result of arguing non-calls during Sunday’s game. Paul was later ejected after picking up a second technical foul.

Game 2 of the Warriors-Rockets series is Tuesday evening. Between now and then, the officiating during Sunday’s game will garner much of the headlines. If the Rockets continue to not get generous calls from the officials, they could be in trouble for the remainder of the series.

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