Cavs’ superstar LeBron James spoke at length about the officiating and the calls he felt were not called against Golden State.
“I think for me the worst thing is when I actually go and talk to the ref and they say, ‘It was nothing,'” James said at shootaround Wednesday (h/t ESPN).
“Like I go over (and say to the official), ‘You didn’t see that?’ ‘No I didn’t think it was anything. It was no call. No foul.’ That’s the worst for me. If he says, ‘I missed that one’ or ‘maybe I wasn’t in the right position,’ but when you see the ref right there on the baseline looking at the whole play and you go up to him and he says there’s no call multiple times in crunch time? That’s the frustrating part. And for me it’s even more frustrating because I know how I’m officiated at times.”
According to the league, Warriors forward Kevin Durant fouled James twice with less than 30 seconds to go in the fourth quarter and Cleveland down 95-92, but the fouls were not called by the officials.
The league issues a “Last Two Minute Report” as a public review of officiating for games that were within three points at any time in the last two minutes of the fourth quarter or the last two minutes of any overtime period during the 2017-18 season, but players, James included, have slammed the procedure.
The report “serve as a mechanism of accountability to our fans and the media who fairly seek clarifications after our games,” according to the league.
James was critical of it last year.
“I’m not a fan of the two-minute report,” James said of the report.
“I think it discredits what the referees are doing for 48 minutes. If that’s the case, you might as well do a 48-minute report. “It’s not fair to the referees that you only talk about the final two minutes of the game and not the first 46. There’s plays that’s missed, there’s plays that called throughout 48 minutes that don’t get talked about.”
James was also unsure if giving more control to the league’s replay center in Secaucus, New Jersey could be a remedy.
“I don’t know,” James said of the idea.
“That’s something we got to all discuss but at the end of the day, there’s nothing you can do about it. Like I said after the game, what are you going to do about it? I mean, it’s nothing you can do about it. You got three referees that’s there that’s been in the heat of the game all game and we’re allowing someone that’s thousands and thousands of miles away to make a call that can be (a) bang-bang (decision) because they have a different camera or whatever the case may be. If the ref can see it, they know the call. They know what the call is. But, whatever.”
Cavs’ Kevin Love Talks About Bigger Purpose in Life, Other Than Basketball
Cleveland Cavaliers veteran forward Kevin Love believes that his life has a greater purpose beyond being a productive and successful player in the National Basketball Association and is embracing his role as the league’s unofficial ambassador on mental health.
“I feel like I have a purpose, for the greater good,” Love said, according to The Athletic’s Joe Vardon. “For the first 10 years, for better or worse, that’s what I felt like for basketball. Learning what I needed to learn. Now I’m just starting to work on myself off the court. That’s going to lead to helping people and paying it forward. I think it is good to be busier when you’re working, putting the same time into things that are super valuable.”
Cavs’ JR Smith Requests Trade
Cleveland Cavaliers guard JR Smith is looking to get traded from the team, as he is upset with his playing time this season.
“Yeah,” Smith, 33, said when asked about requesting a trade, according to ESPN.
“They know. They don’t want me here, so they obviously know.”
Smith is earning $14.7 million this season, and is in his 15th year in the league, and at age 33, he may not be an attractive trade piece for even contending teams looking for veteran depth down the stretch.
Cleveland has been gauging the market for Kyle Korver, looking to trade him as soon as possible.
Cavs’ Kevin Love Taking Blame for Season Opening Loss
Cleveland Cavaliers’ veteran forward Kevin Love is taking the blame for the Cavs’ season opening loss to the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night, showcasing his efforts to claim a leadership role with the team moving forward.
“That rhythm wasn’t there tonight,” Love said, according to The Athletic’s Joe Vardon. “You could tell that game action wasn’t there for me tonight. Thought I got a lot of really, really good looks on the offensive end. On the defensive end, just our switches and closing out, just my attention to detail wasn’t there.
“I told Ty after the game, I said that’s on me and I apologize. We all have to be better and I think we know it.”
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