After Steve Kerr mocked James Harden and the Rockets for complaining about the officiating, Daryl Morey quickly reminded the Warriors coach that he’s been fined for doing the same thing.
Even on Monday, a day after the Rockets-Warriors game, the missed calls and the complaining that followed is still a raging topic.
Players and coaches from both teams have chimed in to give their thoughts and opinions. The Rockets have a lot of reasons to believe they didn’t get fair calls from the refs, as both the NBA and the officials have admitted to missing calls that potentially cost Houston the game. As expected, the Warriors are claiming that calls were missed both ways and thus the mistakes evened out.
When Steve Kerr opened his press conference in a room full of reporters on Monday, he pretended to flop and ask for a foul, presumably mocking James Harden and throwing shade at Houston for complaining about the officiating.
Shortly after, Rockets GM Daryl Morey hilariously reminded Steve Kerr that he too has complained about missed calls in the past. In the 2016-17 season, Steve Kerr lit into the referees for missing a traveling call on DeMar DeRozan when he played for the Toronto Raptors.
— Daryl Morey (@dmorey) April 29, 2019
Just months before that incident, Kerr also criticized the officials for calling a sixth foul on Stephen Curry in Game 6 of the 2016 NBA Finals, a game that Golden State lost. Of course, the Cavaliers went on to win Game 7, pulling off an amazing comeback after going down 3-1 earlier in the series. Kerr was fined $25,000 for both incidents.
The Rockets and Warriors are the two most talented teams in the west, and its clear they don’t care for each other very much. As this series goes on, we will probably see tempers flare on the court, and there will be plenty of trash talking between these two teams.
This is what NBA playoff basketball is all about. Two heavyweights going toe-to-toe with each other in a battle for conference supremacy. This will be a long, entertaining series.