Paul George on Nets: “They got the refs in their pocket”

Paul George
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Paul George expressed his frustration with the way the referees called the game between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Brooklyn Nets. The 30-year-old shooting guard thought the Nets were able to sell dubious fouls which the officials called.

One of the most controversial calls was made with less than 30 seconds left to play in the game as Nets held a two-point lead. Kawhi Leonard drove to the basket as he made contact with James Harden. The referees called it an offensive foul. In the end, Brooklyn won the game by four points (112-108).

While apparently not happy with the calling of the game, George acknowledged Brooklyn’s ability to take advantage of the referees, calling it smart.

Via Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN:

“It’s really hard, it’s really hard,” George said. “I mean, I haven’t really got into the flopping game, but in today’s game, it’s smart, you know what I mean?

“It’s smart. They control the refs. They got the refs in their pocket, so kudos to the guys who are great at that part of the game.”