Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert played the “no respect” card Wednesday night while complaining about NBA refereeing.
Mitchell said his team needs to stop being “screwed up” by umpires after 131-123 overtime against the 76ers. Gobert said the small-market Jazz don’t get a fair whistle.
Mitchell was sent off after two technical fouls in 27 seconds at the end of overtime, with Joel Embiid pressing for the first T, a move that the two argued on Twitter after the game.
Mitchell was at his wits’ end at the time, and he was still upset during his post-game availability.
“It’s hard to go out and see how we fight and compete and have a game like that taken away from us,” he said. “And never, ever, I blame the umpires, I blame the umpires. I could say we could have done more. (Mitchell made 12 of 34 attempts Wednesday). But this is getting out of hand.
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“There have been games like this that we have won, there have been games that we have lost, but this whole refereeing thing … we’re nice, we don’t complain, we don’t get frustrated, we fight through things. And the fact that, In a way, we are continually bugging this. We won this game, in my personal opinion.
The Jazz star also seems fed up with pundits continuing to back the Lakers and Clippers over Utah in the Western Conference.
“It’s the consistent thing. The question is, ‘Can we do it? Can we sustain it? Are we for real, No. 1?’ Like, yeah, the hell we are. It’s getting fucking ridiculous … I’m sick of it. To be honest, we’re all … It devours me, man.
“Everybody knows what it is, we all know what it is, but it’s really getting out of hand. It’s really, really, really getting out of hand. And the league needs to do something about it. I want to see the Latest Report. two minutes “.
Mitchell might want to see how the league justifies this offensive foul in overtime, which seemed like a Ben Simmons foul.
Gobert also dismissed the conspiracy theory and echoed the phrase “We are too nice on the court.”
“We can’t get some calls that everyone else in the fucking league gets,” he said. By Andy Larsen of the Salt Lake Tribune. “We know we are the Utah Jazz, and there may be people who don’t want to see us go as far as I think we can go.”
“We know that, you know, when you’re a small market, I don’t want to say it, but I really think so, after playing in this league for eight years, it’s a little bit more difficult. And that’s one of the things that we have to overcome.” he said later. “That’s why I told the guys, you know, that when you’re a small market, we have to be better than just better. You have to be elite, and we have to control what we can control. But it’s very disappointing that you lack the I respect that way. “
For the record, Utah heads into the All-Star break with the league’s best record at 27-9 and prior to Wednesday he had 98 more free throws than his opponents. It sounds like the Jazz think that’s too balanced. Against the Sixers, free throws were 35-19 for Philadelphia.
So it looks like Utah will work with umpires until it gets its way, and some of its best players are willing to pay five-figure league fines to make this happen.
This article has been updated with comments from Rudy Gobert.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.