For the last year, everybody has been waiting for a NBA playoffs rematch of the Warriors and Rockets. The start to the Western Conference Semifinals didn't disappoint, but the referees, not the players, became the main story from Game 1.
As the Warriors came away with a 104-100 win Sunday at Oracle Arena, officiating, or lack thereof, took the spotlight. The Rockets made their feelings known with complaints about the referees during and after the game, but the Warriors reportedly have their own frustrations.
Behind the scenes, the Warriors whispered about the Rockets putting two hands on Kevin Durant when he drives to the basket and not getting a foul call, ESPN's Brian Windhorst reported Sunday night.
Durant finished the game with 15 free throws, scoring 12 of his 35 points from the charity stripe. James Harden, the Rockets' star known for drawing fouls, totaled 14 free throws.
After the game, Harden called out the referees and believed he was being unfairly treated.
"I mean, I just want a fair chance, man," Harden said. "Call the game how it's supposed to be called, and that's it. And I'll live with the results."
Once he was told of Harden's comments, Warriors forward Draymond Green was having none of the complaints.
"I've been fouled by James on a James 3-pointer before," Green responded, referring to Harden's tendency to extend his legs to draw contact after shooting. "No, I ain't going with that one. I'm straight. No."