Tim Duncan of the San Antonio Spurs is one of the most respected players in the league, but his comments after the Oklahoma City Thunder eliminated the Spurs from the playoffs. If you don’t feel like watching the video, I put the quote down below.
Down the stretch for a period there, it seems like they got every whistle possible. That really changed the tides. We were playing tough defense. We were trying to make stops and try to push it back, and the whistle kept blowing and they kept going to the line and getting some free points there. That’s them being aggressive.”
I’m going to spit some truth at Tim Duncan right you. If you are a team like the Spurs that makes a living out of flopping, you have no grounds to complain about not getting calls ever. The Spurs flop more than any team in the league. The Thunder also flop, but they were the home team and drew the benefit of the calls.
That being said, did the refs cause the Spurs to below a 18 point lead? Did the refs cause Tony Parker to make dumb decisions after a great first quarter? I think not. Putting any blame on the refs is not a smart move, especially from a guy like Duncan. He should know better and he should also know that his team has been on the receiving end of some fortunate calls before.
Maybe Tim Duncan realized his team lost their last chance at a title. I guess I would be bitter too.