17 January, Tuesday

LeBron 'increasingly frustrated' with officiating


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The Cleveland Cavaliers' superstar "has become increasingly frustrated with the way he's been officiated" so far through the 2016-17 season, reports ESPN's Dave McMenamin.
James was hit with his second technical foul of the season in the first quarter of the Cavs' 100-92 loss to the Utah Jazz on Tuesday night, for shouting at an official after he was fouled by Shelvin Mack. While he went to the line on the play, James was furious about a previous non-call on Mack, after reportedly hearing Jazz head coach Quin Snyder instruct Mack to foul James.
LeBron acknowledged he's been extra frustrated with the way he's been officiated of late, leading to Tuesday's technical.
"Yeah, I got fouled," he said. "But I know what the main thing is - the main this is to win."
McMenamin has more on what's getting to LeBron, who feels he's not getting calls when he drives to the basket:
Much of James' detest comes from the fact that the vast majority of his shots come from within the paint - as 12 of his 20 did on Tuesday - yet, according to multiple sources, he feels contact is ignored whereas players who thrive more on jump shots than drives have been rewarded with big nights at the line. (Jimmy) Butler has had two games with 20 free throw attempts or more since the New Year, and (James) Harden has had double-digit free throw attempts in seven of his past nine games, for instance.


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