Perseus1966 wrote:Infinite Llamas wrote:Ballerhogger wrote:In loss Jokic put up 32 points 9 boards . He fouls way too much and the lakers exploited that again
Same old story. Gasol/Dwight whoever can manhandle Jokic and no call. Whilst if one dares to breathe on AD he falls down and gets a call.
If only Malone could write letters to the league with the same pizzazz that the Lakers letter writers have perfected.
89-91 and Gasol fouls Jokic at least 3 times ...
Yeah, I want to add my "I saw it too!" to this.
First, that game against the Pelicans? Jokic totally hacked Zion on the last play. Should have been called for a foul. Not alleging any explicit bias against Jokic on the part of the refs.
But I remember seeing one particular play where Gasol shoved Jokic hard enough that Jokic's whole upper body twisted violently (he kept his feet though), and glaringly, after already having some debatable fouls prior to that point on the play. Stuck me as a situation where the roughs had categorized the match up as "We're just going to let them play" and they weren't prepared to react when Gasol took the brutality a step further. That's not okay.
The key thing to me is that when a lesser player with great physical strength is going up against a better player, you have to expect that he's going to just keep up-ing the physicality until the refs call it. No shade on Gasol for doing what he needs to do in that situation, but the refs need to note be complacent. They should never be surprised when a player like Gasol escalated on a player like Jokic, and they need to be ready to blow the whistle.